Khulna city and district units of the ruling Awami League (AL) have accused BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir of making false statements at Saturday’s rally in Khulna.
Quoting Fakhrul’s speech published in print, online and electronic media where he made statements that thousands of people were obstructed to join the BNP rally, the AL leaders said Fakhrul should seek an apology to the nation for making such false statements.
The ruling party leaders made the allegations at a press conference on Sunday noon at the Journalist Humayun Kabir Balu Auditorium at Khulna Press Club, reports BSS.
Khulna District AL President and newly-elected Zila Parishad Chairman Sheikh Harun-ur-Rashid delivered a written speech on behalf of the party at the press conference.
“People are considering his [Fakhrul] statements as mockery, while children are also laughing when he says that the AL men intercepted, swooped and attacked BNP men in different city points,” Harun said.
“No AL men attacked BNP processions anywhere in the division, but BNP men carrying sticks, sharp weapons, and guns attacked Police and AL men. They vandalised and torched different AL offices and ransacked public establishments including Khulna Railway Station,” he said.
“Fakhrul should have congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when he was crossing the Padma Bridge on his way to Khulna and witnessing the development of the South-Western region including Khulna city, he added.
General Secretaries of city and district units of AL MDA Babul Rana and Advocate Sujit Kumar Adhikari, Member of Parliament from Khulna-6 constituency Akteruzzaman Babu, President of Khulna Lawyers Association advocate Saiful Islam, among others, spoke. Leaders of AL and its front organisations were present at the conference.
AL leaders claimed that the region was very much neglected during the BNP-Jamaat regime as any development projects were implemented after the then Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Khulna-2 constituency.