‘CJ’s remarks prove no democracy in country’: Mirza Fakhrul

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Dhaka, May 5: BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has alleged that it has been proved through the remarks of chief justice that the judiciary cannot discharge its duties freely due to the government’s interference.

“BNP has long been saying that the democratic institutions including judiciary cannot perform its duties independently in a country where democracy is absent. If the government puts pressure on the judiciary, it cannot work with freely,” he said.

The BNP leader said, “What the chief justice is saying (about judiciary) clearly demonstrates that the judiciary cannot work freely as there is no democracy in the country now. His remarks have also exposed that the government is interfering in the judiciary.”

Mirza Fakhrul was talking to reporters after visiting ailing Sahera Hossain, wife of late BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain, at a city hospital, on Friday.

He said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia would unveil the party’s “Vision 2030” this week if they get a suitable venue for holding a press conference. It may be held on May 10. However, the date has not yet been finalised.

“There is no relation between this ‘Vision 2030’ and BNP’s election manifesto or the framework of an election-time supportive government. Rather, BNP would explain what it wants to do if it goes to power through the next general election,” he said.

Speaking at a reception accorded to him recently by Habiganj Bar Association in Habiganj, Chief Justice SK Sinha said, “The administration never wants the judiciary to function freely although it provides security to the administration, too. The bureaucracy always considers the judiciary as its rival.”

Fakhrul alleged that the government has also been playing an autocratic role in suppressing the opinions and voice of opponents.

He urged the government to engage in talks with the political parties to get rid of the current situation and restore democracy in the country. “The government should come to the path of democracy shunning its arrogance.”

The BNP secretary general renewed their party’s demand that the government announce the flood-affected haor areas disaster zone and take all-out steps to ease the sufferings of the victims.

Sahera Hossain, 75, has been put on life support at the city’s Square Hospital since Monday as she fell sick seriously.

Fakhrul talked to doctors and Sahera’s family members and inquired about her health condition.