Govt conspiring again to repress ‘opposition’: BNP

Govt conspiring again to repress ‘opposition’: BNP

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Dhaka-BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the government is again hatching a new plot to suppress their party after a recent week-long combing operation.Speaking at a discussion, he urged the government to ensure the democratic rights of political parties and widen democratic space instead of trying to eliminate opposition in a bid to defeat militancy.
“A combing operation was conducted to subdue the opposition…we’ve heard they may launch such a drive again … you’ve failed to suppress BNP by unleashing repression over the last eight years. That’s why you’re now taking fresh repressive measures,” Fakhrul said.
Zia Parishad arranged the programme at Bhasani Auditorium in the city in memory of former Dhaka University vice chancellor Prof Maniruzzaman Miah who died on June 13 at the age of 81.
Fakhrul said the government will never be able to destroy BNP and subdue its leaders and activists. “Don’t play with fire and come back from this dangerous path. Walk into the right path of democracy allowing the political parties to do politics. The militancy will get defeated to democracy if its closed doors and windows are reopened.”
He alleged that the government undercover of democracy has established a one-party rule in the country.
The BNP leader regretted that the media and government officials are now playing a partisan role forgetting their responsibilities for the country and its people.
He said the government has been suppressing those hold alternative views either by sending them to jail or implicating in ‘false’ cases.
Fakhrul alleged that efforts are on to place a chargesheet in Italian national Cesare Tavella’s murder case implicating BNP leader MA Quayum and his brother in the incident.
He said the main motive behind making Quayum and his brother accused in the case is to cover up the real offenders.

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