Ganasamhati Andolon observed a two-hour long sit-in programme today in front of the Secretariat, demanding removal of the health minister and the director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for their "failure in tackling corruption in the health sector".
Speaking at the programme, the party's Chief Coordinator Zonayed Saki alleged that both Health Minister Zahid Maleque and DG Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad have patronised the corrupt and are now blaming each another for "mismanagement".
"Despite all the recent incidents of corruption in the sector, it is astonishing that both are still holding on to their offices. If they are not removed, the prime minister will have to take the responsibility for such failure," he said.
During the programme, which began at 11:00am, leaders and activists of the left-leaning party also demanded an immediate arrest of all the "big fish" behind the corruption.
During his speech, Saki said corruption had become so rampant that it now endangered people's lives.
"Forgery over corona test certificate is like [committing] genocide. Due to this fraud, the coronavirus has spread all over the country and the economy has been ruined," he said.
In his speech, Nagarik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said government officials had begun fleeing Bangladesh realising their failure and he questioned why the finance minister was not in the country.
"Realising the deadlock, many leaders of the ruling party and the government's ministers have started fleeing the country; the finance minister is not in the country when an economic crisis is going on. Why did he leave the country? How did he go? We do not know," he said.
Manna also urged all other democratic political forces "to wage a movement against the government's misrule".
Biplobi Workers' Party General Secretary Saiful Haq, Left Democratic Alliance Coordinator Bazlur Rashid Firoz and the recently dissolved Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) Vice-President (VP) Nurul Haque Nur joined the programme in solidarity.