The BNP has described the ‘tea party’ hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ganobhaban as ‘pleasure without conscience’ and alleged that party leaders who do not support democracy joined the event.
“The tea party without regret after a vote robbery reminds me of a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi – ‘pleasure without conscience’. This pleasure is a social sin,” BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said on Sunday while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
“No democracy-loving party and those who are in a democratic movement didn’t join the event of sin committed by the government which betrayed the nation and looted people’s votes. This is the victory of people,” Rizvi said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hosted the tea party at her official residence Ganobhaban on Saturday for the leaders of political parties who had joined dialogues with her before the 11th general election.
Leaders of all the political parties, except the Jatiya Oikyafront, including the BNP, and the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), attended the tea party. Oikyafront and LDA had previously demanded reelection citing irregularities in the election.
Rizvi said now there is no democracy in Bangladesh as the state is now under the grip of an individual and a party.
He also alleged that the country’s ‘most popular’ leader Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail while thousands of BNP leaders and activists have been arrested in ‘false’ cases only to protect the one-party rule.
He alleged that the government not only demonstrated a bizarre attitude but also mocked people by filing ‘fictitious’ cases against dead persons, paralysed patients and expatriates leaving in different countries.