Ministers exposing attitude of ‘lordship’: Fakhrul


Dhaka, November 30: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that ministers are exposing their ‘lordship’ attitude by issuing threats to give a fitting reply if BNP holds any political programme.Speaking at a discussion, he also said the government is making fun of people having failed to control the soaring prices of essentials.

“The ministers of Awami League have been saying for a few days that they won’t accept (BNP’s) programmes and give a befitting reply.  You’ve been doing politics for a long time resorting to such threats. They can’t tolerate anyone. They hold a lordship mentality,” he said.

The BNP leader also said the ruling party leaders consider themselves as the masters of the country’s people out of their vanity of power.

National People’s Party (NPP) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Fakhrul said their party and alliances never believe in terrorism as they do liberal democratic politics. “We want to do politics in political way and also want to change the government with the same path. This government is like a terrorist, and it’s creating barriers to democratic practices to hang onto power by suppressing people.”

He said though their party is not allowed to hold any rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, the ruling party and its associate bodies are doing so regularly at the venue. “Their month-long programme is being held at Suhrawardy Udyan spending crores of taka.”

The BNP leader urged the leaders of their party and the alliance partners to go to villages and localities across the country instead of doing indoor programmes to mobilise public support against the government. “It’s time for forging unity. We must unite the entire nation against the misrule of the current despotic and fascist government.”

He criticised the government for what he said its failure to rein in essential prices, including that of onion, salt and rice. “Our Food Minister said there’s a huge pressure on the rice market as people now used to eat fine rice. Such remark is nothing, but a mockery.”

As the Supreme Court sought report on Khaleda’s health condition, Fakhrul urged the medical board of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to submit an authentic report before the apex court on December 5. “We want the truth, nothing else.”

On Thursday, the Appellate Division deferred the hearing on Khaleda’s bail petition in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case till December 5.

The court also asked the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University to place Khaleda’s health reports before it by December 5.