Dhaka, 17 November (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to abandon the politics of violence amid incidents of the burning of buses in Dhaka during the by-elections.
Hasina said in Parliament on Monday, BNP MP Harun-ur Rashid talked about the election. My question is, do they also participate in elections? They enroll but do not promote. Even they do not appoint polling agents in polling stations on election day. He had lost the support of the people long ago. Terrorism, murder, violence against women – there is nothing they have not done.
Hasina also asked the BNP to stop spreading rumors. He said that people would not accept him, nor would they believe him.
He made this remark when Rashid alleged that the government was torturing BNP leaders by making false allegations in arson cases.
So far, 47 people have died in 16 arson cases on Dhaka transport.
Before addressing the Parliament, the Prime Minister first heard a phone recording of bus fire incidents in Dhaka during the by-elections.
He said, with a heavy heart, I have to say that sometimes BNP MP Rashid makes such statements in Parliament, which we do not answer. But today he should have thought about the history of his party before accusing the government.
The Prime Minister said, thousands of women were brutally tortured after the 2001 general elections. Then there was arson. People were burnt alive. They were burnt to death. In the same way, they carried out fire incidents.
Hasina said, they set the buses on fire during the recent by-elections in two constituencies of Dhaka, alleging that it was done by government agents.
They said, we are in power. Why would we do arson attacks? It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of the people.
Hasina said, now there are CCTV cameras everywhere, and those responsible for arson attacks are being identified and apprehended. It is very clear. I also have pictures.