BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam and others went to the UN Headquarters in New York, USA following an invitation of its secretary general.
“The BNP delegation went there [to the UN] to present the country's real situation, not to make any complaint,” said the former law minister while speaking at a discussion at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
“Our secretary general did not go to the UN on his own; rather, he went there at the invitation of the UN secretary general,” he said.
He said the government has become nervous, as the UN secretary general invited the BNP leaders to New York.
Moudud said the BNP delegates will also present before the UN the prevailing situation of the country, oppression and repression on opposition leaders and activists, and violation of human rights.
He said the UN secretary general invited their party leaders to its headquarters as he could not mange time to meet them during his recent visit to Bangladesh.
Moudud said there is no atmosphere for credible polls in the country, although only three months are left for the election. “Is it a complaint to talk about election atmosphere?”
A three-member delegation of the party, led by its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, held a meeting with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča at the UN headquarters on Thursday.
Fakhrul was accompanied by assistant international affairs secretary Humayun Kabir and executive committee member Tabith Awal. Four UN high officials were also present there.
3,000 FALSE CASES AGAINST BNP MEN THIS MONTH: RIZVI
Meanwhile at a separate programme, BNP yesterday claimed that at least 3,000 false cases have been filed against its leaders and activists since September 1.
The party claimed that the cases were filed against around three lakh BNP leaders and activists, and unnamed persons.
“More than 3,500 leaders and activists were arrested,” BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press conference at BNP's central office in Nayapaltan, adding that more than 90 BNP activists have been detained in the past 24 hours.
Rizvi said mass upsurge cannot be stopped by filing false cases and using law enforcers.
“The ruling Awami League is coward. They do not have any courage; they have fear. If the government has courage, the prime minister would resign and hand over power to a non-partisan interim government,” he said.
The government is using police to repress the people, fearing that they will lose power, Rizvi alleged.