Govt destroying opposition in Bangladesh: Fakhrul

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 20:29, Sep 12, 2019 | Updated : 20:30, Sep 12, 2019

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. FILE PHOTOThe government is purposefully destroying all opposition parties in the country, alleged BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
His remarks came in protest of Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s reply during the question/answer session in Parliament on Wednesday (Sept 12).
The PM said that had the ruling party believed in vengeful politics, BNP would’ve been completely destroyed.
“Not only BNP, the government is strategically working to ensure that there remains no opposition party or different opinion,” Fakhrul told the media on Thursday (Sept 12).
“Yesterday, the prime minister said that if the Awami League believed in politics of vengeance, BNP would’ve completely vanished from the country. What did she mean by this? That they are working to ensure that?” he said.
He said that the situation in the country is such that there isn’t any scope to express different views.
Saying that the entire country has been divided, Fakhrul added, that leaders from different parties are unable to attend each others’ social gatherings.
Regarding the High Court returning incarcerated party chief Khaleda Zia’s bail plea, he said, “This government is consciously carrying out anti-state acts and one of them is violating the Constitution.”
“The Constitution clearly provisions for an independent judiciary but there are no longer any independent courts,” he said.
The senior politician said that there are at least 50 cases against the party’s policymaking forum National Standing Committee members and added, “How can this be called a democratic state?”
Slamming road transport minister Obaidul Quader’s claim that the roads were under control, Fakhrul said, “More than 10 people are dying in road accidents everyday.”
He said that this was happening due to the government not taking any steps against the rules being broken.