Senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday urged President Abdul Hamid to take steps for holding a national dialogue to find a way out of the growing incidents of rape and killing across the country.
“The incidents of rape, killing and enforced disappearance have turned epidemic due to serious degradation of social values. Democracy must be restored to check it,” he said while addressing a discussion at Jatiya Press Club, organised by Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum.
Mosharraf further said, “The president can take an immediate initiative for holding a national dialogue to save the country from such incidents.”
On another note, he criticised the government for its failure to end waterlogging in Dhaka and Chattogram cities, though it spent huge amounts of money on different development projects.
“We are witnessing signs of the government’s development. People have gone through serious sufferings in Dhaka and Chattogram due to waterlogging over the last few days. What have you developed spending so much money? Are people getting the benefits of development?” the BNP leader questioned.
He criticised the government for making AHM Mustafa Kamal -- who he termed “a business tycoon” -- the finance minister of the country.
“He is one of the 10 richest persons of the country. Rich businessmen are not made finance minister in any country. For the first time in our country, a rich man has been made finance minister.”
Mosharraf alleged that the finance minister is protecting the interests of the rich, not of the commoners.
He also accused the government of taking a position against people by widening the areas of tax and Vat, and raising gas price.