BNP on Tuesday alleged that the government deliberately deprived the party leaders and activists of visiting its founder Ziaur Rahman's grave on the occasion of 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day' on the pretext of the ongoing CPA conference, reports UNB.
"We think the government did it deliberately on the pretext of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference. They could have kept that place (Zia's grave) out of purview of the restriction," said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office, he also said their party leaders and activists, led by its chairperson Khaleda Zia, paid homage to Zia every year on November 7 in the past. "But, we've been deprived of it this time. Imposing section 144 in the name of the CPA conference, the government deprived us of going there to pay tribute to him (Zia)."
The BNP leader said the government did it as it does not want political parties to exercise their democratic rights.
BNP is observing what it says the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on Tuesday, marking the 'civil-military uprising' in 1975 with various programmes.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia together with party leaders and activists was scheduled to place wreaths at Zia's grave in parliament area at 10am today (Tuesday), marking the day.
But, the government imposed section 144 in the areas and it will remain in force until 11pm on Wednesday due to the CPA conference.
Fakhrul said they have appraised the parliamentary teams of different countries joined the CPA conference of the state of Bangladesh's democracy.
"We've already informed them through various ways about the circumstances of our country and democracy. A Canadian parliamentary team also met our leader Khaleda Zia. A Malaysian team will meet her tomorrow (Wednesday). So, unofficially we've informed the Commonwealth and its members about it," he said.
Fakhrul said the current government has obliterated democracy, the freedom expression and the rule of law, and snatched people's all rights. "We must defeat the current ruling evil force to restore people's rights and install a pro-people government."