Opposition meetings rallies being obstructed: Gen Mahbub

Opposition meetings rallies being obstructed: Gen Mahbub

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BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman on Friday accused the government of obstructing the opposition’s democratic rights to hold rallies and meetings.
“Now we have to hold indoor programmes. Our rights to hold rallies, meetings, and other constitutional and democratic rights are seriously being hampered. Even today, our many leaders and activists were not allowed to join this programme here,” he told a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.The BNP leader said all the gates of the Press Club were kept under lock and key over the programme. “Our international affairs secretary Najzmuddin Alam who had invited me to attend the programme was not allowed to enter the venue. “It can’t be a democratic practice.”
He called upon the nationalist forces to get united to get rid of the current condition and restore people’s democratic and constitutional rights.
Dhaka district unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal arranged the protest rally at the Jatiya Press Club auditorium demanding the release of district unit BNP general secretary Amanullah Aman.
Police also detained 7-8 JDC men from in front of the press club over the programme.
Mahbub said the country is now going through a serious democratic crisis. “We’d fought the Liberation War for democracy and freed the country. But, it’s unfortunate that we don’t have democracy now. It’s an ominous sign for the country.”
He called upon the nationalist forces, especially the JCD men, to raise their voice against the misrule of the government imbued with the ideal of party founder Ziaur Rahman.
Voicing deep concern over the recent spate of repression and murder of children, the BNP policymaker said the brutal incidents are happening as the government has failed to ensure the good governance in the country. “There’s no accountability of the government. Those criminals, corrupt and terrorists are being rewarded now. That’s why a messy and chaotic situation has been created.”
Mahbub also criticised the government for what he said having failed to maintain law and order in the country.
He demanded the government immediately release the senior BNP leaders, including Aman and Rulul Kabir Rizvi.- UNB

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