PM legitimised 1/11 govt by addressing nation on the day: BNP

BNP leader Tariqul Islam speaks at a seminar in the capital on Saturday.

BNP on Saturday once again accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of legitimising the Fakhruddin-Moyeenuddin interim government by addressing the nation marking the 1/11 anniversary.

“Yesterday (Friday), when lakhs of people were observing the black day expressing their hatred towards the autocratic rule (of Fakhruddin-Moyeenuddin), the prime minister gave validity to that regime by addressing the nation,” BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam said while speaking at a seminar at the National Press Club.

University Teachers’ Association of Bangladesh (UTAB) arranged the national seminar, titled ‘Present Political Crisis and Caretaker Government System’.

Sheikh Hasina addressed the nation on Friday evening on completion of her government’s four years in office.

Tariqul termed the prime minister’s address as nothing but a presentation of ‘rhetoric of development and falsehood’.

Criticising the ruling Awami League for what he said extending support to the autocratic rulers, he said, “It’s the Awami League which has a history of approving autocratic governments. They had proved it by participating in the election arranged by former military-backed ruler HM Ershad in 1986 enabling him to rule the country for a long time.”

Referring to the prime minister’s claim that her government has carried out massive development activities in the country over the last four years, the BNP leader questioned why the premier is afraid of holding the next polls under a non-party caretaker government if she really worked for development.

Mentioning that the government has created the present political crisis over the election-time administration in a planed way, the BNP spokesman called upon the ruling party to resolve it.

The former minister also alleged that the government is trying to hold the next general election under its own arrangement sensing a debacle in the election if it is held under a non-party administration.

Reiterating his party’s demand for restoration of the caretaker government, Tariqul called upon the government to hold the election under the CG in a bid to save the country from any anarchic situation.

“If the caretaker government system is not restored, people will force the government to reinstate it through a strong movement,” he warned.

Former Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof Moniruzzaman Miah and former Jahangirnagar University VC Khandaker Mostahidur Rahman, among others, spoke at the seminar held with UTAB president and DU teacher AFM Yusuf Hyder in the chair.

Source: The Daily Star

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