Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president and Juktofront chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury alleged that the government has ‘broken’ its promise to ensure a level playing field by not allowing them to go to Satkhira by helicopter to join a public rally there.
“It’s certain that the government has directly or indirectly taken steps to stop our public rally. We strongly protest and condemn the government’s such anti-democratic move. It’s a clear violation of the pledge to create a level playing field,” said B Chowdhury, also a former president.
He said that such breach of commitment does not reflect the government’s goodwill.
“Such behaviour cannot be accepted in any way in future and we’ll surely be forced to take alternative steps if it happens again,” he said in a statement issued by BDB.
The Juktofront chief said his alliance was all set to hold the rally in Satkhira but the authorities of Shahjalal International Airport did not allow the helicopter carrying him and other leaders of his party to take off in the morning.
Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent commitment of ensuring a level playing field B Chowdhury said, “It’s a matter of regret that we couldn’t join the public rally in Satkhira due to obstruction to the helicopter take-off.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in the recent talks with B Chowdhury-led alliance, said that her government will allow anyone to hold rallies and campaign anywhere in the country for the sake of level playing field ahead of the upcoming parliamentary election.