BNP yesterday demanded permanent accommodation for slum dwellers.
Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the remark after visiting the Mohakhali's Sattola slum where a fire broke out on Monday.
Over 500 shanties were gutted at the slum. On information, 18 firefighting units rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after a couple of hours.
"The government's first priority should be to arrange accommodation for them," he said, adding that compensation should have to be given to the victims as well.
The BNP leader said a fair investigation has to be conducted to unearth the reason behind the fire.
Saying that the ultra-poor live in the slum, Fakhrul said the country has failed to ensure basic rights of the people even after 50 years of its independence.
"The government is implementing mega projects but no effective step has been taken for the ultra-poor. It's not a tough task. The government can allot khas land to them," he suggested.