PM’s assertion on development ‘hollow': BNP 

PM’s assertion on development ‘hollow': BNP 

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Dhaka, June 27 – BNP on Tuesday termed ‘hollow’ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks that the country is marching towards progress and that it regained its lost dignity.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the comments at a pres briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
“People have no idea from where Bangladesh is rising? They’ve only witnessed the ruling party men to make money which was never seen in the country before. Many have become the owners of mills-factories, banks and insurances. They’ve established the ‘Begumganj Palli’ in Canada and made Malaysia their second home,” he said.
Rizvi continued, “The Prime Minister’s remarks are hollow and worthless. We think Bangladesh is heading towards darkness, not the light.”
Citing the ‘looting’ of thousands of crores of money from the share market and the central bank, and a stagnation in the manpower export, he said, “We want to say Awami League has regained the reputation it had earned resorting to murder and disappearance of the opposition party leaders and activists during the Baksal regime.”
While exchanging Eid greetings with a cross-section of people, party leaders and workers and professionals at her official residence Ganobhaban on Monday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangladesh is marching towards progress…it’s now a role model of development in the world. Bangladesh regained the dignity it had lost after the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975.”
Referring to the sufferings of homebound people ahead of Eid, Rizvi claimed that this year’s Eid has turned into an occasion of shock and wailing as many have lost their lives in road accidents.
He also blamed government’s negligence and mismanagement for the road accidents. “No government effort was seen to ease the sufferings of the homebound people due to traffic gridlock. However, there’s no lack of ‘lip service’ of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader,” he said.
The BNP leader criticised the government for its failure to rein in the prices of rice.
Claiming that the resignation of the Prime Minister is a must to ‘establish peace in the country, restore democracy, and ensure a fair election and people’s freedom and security’, he urged her to take preparations from now on to quit. – UNB
Another source said, Rizvi remarked, Under the Awami League’s rule, the country’s socio-political environment has turned ‘dark, stagnant and terrifying’.
“Police now control the fate of people and are not public representatives anymore. Bangladesh has been turned into a criminal state. The ruling party is covering up crimes with lies,” the BNP leader alleged.
He said there was no alternative to a fair general election to overcome this crisis. But no election would ever be free and fair under the rule of Hasina, he alleged.

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