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Lack of democracy gives way to militancy: BNP
Voicing concern over the recent murders of clerics at different parts of the country, BNP senior leader Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman on Tuesday alleged that the venom of communalism is being spat in Bangladesh.
“The government has taken the country to such a stage that militants are raising their ugly heads. Foreigners, Hindu clerics, Buddhist monks, fathers of churches and even imams of mosques are being subjected to killing. The country had never witnessed such a situation,” he said.
He further said, “Bangladesh has long been known as a country of communal harmony, but now the venom of communalism is being spread through the murders of people of different faiths.”
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Bangladesh Jatiya Dal at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), marking the 35th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.
Mahbub, a BNP standing committee member, criticised the government for its failure to stop secret killings and arrest of those involved with the heinous acts.
He alleged that militancy is emerging in the country making public life unsafe for lack of democracy.
Mentioning that the main spirit of the Liberation War was democracy, the BNP leader said it is now missing in the country. “People have been put in a disastrous situation by obliterating democracy. The government alone is responsible for this.”
Speaking at a another discussion, BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman alleged that the ruling party men are siphoning off huge money by plundering public money.
“In the name of digital Bangladesh, the government is fooling the country’s people as they are looting public money in a digital style,” he said.
Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club, marking Zia’s 35th death anniversary.
The BNP leader said the government must shoulder the responsibility for all the scams in the banking sector, including Bangladesh Bank reserve heist.