Bikalpadhara to join BNP rallyBdnews24.com . Dhaka
Bikalpadhara Bangladesh will join the opposition BNP-called March 12 rally in the capital, the party president, AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, said on Friday.
‘The government has failed to prove its ability to defend democracy and resolve people’s problems in the last three years. We are declaring our full support to the grand rally the opposition has called demanding elections under a non-partisan government,’ he said at a press briefing.
‘Even if I can’t join the rally, my party’s representatives will join,’ the former president added.
The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, is supposed to declare fresh anti-government programmes from the rally scheduled in front of the Naya Paltan headquarters.
A former BNP leader, Badruddoza criticised the government ministers and ruling party MPs for their remarks over the rally, which the opposition is dubbing as ‘Dhaka Cholo’ to strike a chord with the public.
He said, ‘Staging rally is a democratic right. But issuing threats cannot be a democratic government’s job.’
‘I would like to tell the government, ‘Let the opposition carry out their democratic rights. Do not create obstruction’,’ he said at the briefing at the capital’s Institution of Diploma Engineers.
Badruddoza censured prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s warning of a tit-for-tat action if the rally tried to create disorder in much the same way he criticised Khaleda’s remarks.
‘This sort of remarks cannot be expected of the prime minister. But I also admit that [the government] will be ‘left crippled’ type of remarks is also bad.’
Responding to query, he said, ‘Bikalpadhara will support the BNP in their issue-based movement and programme.’
But he said that his party would not be joining the four-party alliance if it was expanded.
The Bikalpadhara chief criticised the government for its role over India’s initiative to build the controversial Tipaimukh dam on the River Barak, which flows into Bangladesh as Surma and Kushiara rivers.
‘India is creating a crisis by building dams around the country. The government’s position on this is not acceptable. We think the neighbouring country is ignoring this government.’
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