The garment makers demanded to the opposition leader and BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia to avoid calling strikes as a political weapon in the greater interest of the sector which has potentials to make the country economically sovereign.
But leader of the opposition on Thursday underscored the need for a national movement to uphold democracy in the country.
The former prime minister made the call at the closing ceremony of Batexpo against the demand raised by garments makers to shun hartal permanently as part of political activities.
Khaleda Zia said the present government wants to introduce one party rule again by suppressing opposition leaders and activists and in order to face it a national movement against the government is essential.
“The country is now beset with multifarious crisis. The garment industry is not out of crisis. The ruling part looted billions of taka by appointing political activists in state owned financial institutions, they looted money in the name of multilevel marketing companies.” Khaleda said at the closing ceremony of BATEXPO 2012 held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
She said the nation is passing through a critical stage of its history.
“If the government and the opposition party can reach a consensus that they would not use hartal as a political weapon the sector can earn US$45 billion by 2020 and the country could turn into a middle income one,” said Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, president of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Addressing as chief guest at the closing ceremony of the 3-day 23rd BATEXPO, the BNP chairperson also said the country’s economy is on the verge of collapse due to inefficiency and mismanagement of the government.