The BNP has criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for going to New York with a ‘huge delegation’, saying it is a mere waste of “state’s money”.
Party’s spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Monday’s media call said Hasina’s 180-strong entourage included “nine ministers, their wives and a secretary with fake freedom-fighter certificate”.
The prime minister left for New York on Sunday night to attend the 69th UN General Assembly.
“No prime minister in the past went [to attend the UNGA] with such a big delegation. We believe it is nothing but wasting people’s money,” he told reporters.
Fakhrul also thanked 20-Party Alliance activists for ‘successfully’ enforcing their shutdown protesting against 16th Amendment that restored Parliament’s power to remove Supreme Court judges.
Monday’s general strike was the alliance’s first since the Awami League came to power for a second successive term.
The Jamaat-e-Islami, a key member of the BNP-led coalition, however, enforced strikes on Sept 18 and 21 demanding release of its leader war criminal Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
Fakhrul alleged the latest amendment was part of the government’s attempt to establish a one-party rule.
He demanded release of nearly 300 activists of the opposition alliance ‘detained’ during the shutdown and said over 30 had been injured.
The BNP leader claimed police had attacked their marches in several districts and detained alliance activists.
“Many of our activists were shot in the leg at police stations,” the BNP leader alleged and demanded punishment for those responsible.
Source: Bd news24