Criticising BNP for its failure to wage any movement with public issues, Gonoshasthaya Kendra Founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury yesterday said senior leaders of the party have apparently become "deaf and blind".
"Though there are many big leaders in BNP, I think they have become deaf and blind. The government has been making mistakes one after another, but they cannot do anything as they cannot see or hear anything," he said.
Zafrullah came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiya Party (Zafar), one of the components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, at Jatiya Press Club, marking Amar Ekushey, Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day.
Ignoring public issues, he said, BNP has long been talking about only one issue -- release of it chairperson Khaleda Zia. "Even, they cannot speak in a straight manner about the release of Khaleda Zia," he said.
The freedom fighter said Khaleda has a right to go abroad for medical treatment as she is unwell. "The rights have to be realised," he added.
He said though all the offices, courts, madrasas and maktabs are now open, general educational institutions still remain closed.
Zafrullah slammed leaders of BNP and 20-party alliance for not taking position in favour of the students seeking immediate reopening of the universities and dormitories.
"What are you (20-party leaders) doing? Why aren't you taking a position in favour of the students? People's rights will be restored if students' movement is intensified," he said.
About the current vaccination programme against Covid-19, Dr Zafrullah appreciated the government for providing people with vaccine on its own initiative. He urged the government not to allow private companies to import the vaccine to ensure quality jabs for people free of charge.