BNP contradicts IRI survey on Govt, demands Mayor Mannan's release

BNP contradicts IRI survey on Govt, demands Mayor Mannan’s release


BNP on Saturday termed the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) opinion survey that showed increase of popularity of Sheikh Hasina led present government as contradictory.
“The survey shows that most of Bangladesh people want caretaker government. Then, how does popularity of the present government that scrapped the caretaker government system and ignores the public demand can increase?” questioned BNP spokesperson Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon while addressing a press conference at party headquarters at Naya Paltan in the city.“The survey also reveals that people also emphasised the need for holding a quick election. A free and fair national election is the scale to justify popularity,” he said adding, “The survey is a contradictory one.”
In its survey, the US-based IRI, a non-profit organisation working for freedom and democracy worldwide, found that 62 per cent of the survey participants indicated they believed the country was headed in the right direction.
Ripon, who is also international affairs secretary of the party, however demanded the government to hold a general election if its popularity increases. “The government can prove it through arranging a general election,” he observed.
He further said they can’t understand as to how does the popularity of the government increase when there is no rule of law in the country, incidents of killing, enforced disappearance and repression on women and children are taking place almost everyday.
Replying to a question he said the survey would not fall any negative impact on party leaders and activists as they are determined to implement their political commitment.
Barrister Ziaur Rahman Khan, Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Sanaullah Miah, Rehana Akhter Banu and Abu Sayeed Khokan, among others, were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at National Press Club Sajeda Mannan, wife of just sacked Gazipur city mayor MA Mannan, demanded the release of her ailing husband to take him abroad for treatment.
“My husband is suffering from heart, kidney and diabetes related diseases for a long and now he is passing through a difficult life following he was arrested on February 11. Thus he needs to be taken abroad for better treatment,” she said.
“I urge the government to release him on humanitarian ground.”
BNP standing committee member ASM Hannan Shah and Gazipur district BNP president Fazlul Haque Milon, among others, were present. – Staff Reporter


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