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Govt forced public servants to join Suhrawardy Udyan rally: BNP
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday alleged that the government is using the public servants for political purposes like that of the 1975 Baksal regime.
Speaking at a human chain programme, he also said the government has committed a mistake by forcing the public servants to join the Suhrawardy Udyan rally marking the international recognition of the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“The Cabinet Secretary has issued a written order asking all government officials and employees to be present at Suhrawardy Udyan today (Saturday) as the Prime Minister is scheduled to address there. It’s an unjust act to send the public servants with threat to a political rally or a reception,” the BNP leader said.
He said the government could do it as Bangladesh is now not a democratic country. “Baksal has been revived in a new cover with new surprise under Sheikh Hasina’s rule. That’s why the public servants must join the political rally.”
Mentioning that the Cabinet Secretary’s order for participating in the rally unlawful one, Rizvi said public servants are not forced in any democratic country to join a political programme.
Pirojpur Nationalist Forum in Dhaka arranged the human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press club, demanding its leader Gazi Nuruzzaman Babul’s release from jail.
Rizvi said government officials and employees were forced to join political programmes after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had introduced Baksal in January, 1975. “Now we’re seeing new Baksal under the rule of her daughter Sheikh Hasina as public servants are being forced to join a political meeting.”
He said the government will not be able to woo people by resorting to repressive acts and forcing them to do anything against their will.