Suggesting the BNP to place its allegations before the country’s people instead of foreigners, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said making any statement on the country’s sovereignty does not suit the BNP leaders.
“BNP often complains to various embassies and holds meetings with embassy officials in the dark of night. The worlds of sovereignty of the country do not suit them. How will they protect the independence?” he said.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks while speaking at a virtual press briefing on contemporary affairs from his official residence in Dhaka on Wednesday.
He said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir commented that there was no practice of democracy in Awami League. “But, when the BNP was in power, the practice of the so-called BNP-branded democracy was seen in the party and the government,” he added.
The AL general secretary said those who were ousted from power through the people’s movement in 1996 are now giving lessons of democracy.
Making statements on democracy by BNP leaders is ridiculous as they are actually cheating the people in the name of democracy, he added.
Quader said enforcing curfew at night and failing to form committees of the party time and again are the BNP’s practice of democracy.
Although the BNP has been wearing the mask of democracy since its inception, the image of autocracy and opportunism repeatedly appeared on the faces of its leaders, he added.
The road transport minister said patronising and flourishing corruption through snatching the rights of people by establishing ‘Hawa Bhaban’ is the only success of BNP’s democracy practice.