The prime minister hosted the tea party on Saturday at her official residence for leaders of different political parties
BNP has described Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's tea party at Ganabhaban as “pleasure without conscience” and said no democracy-loving politician joined it.
"The tea party organized by a government with no regret after a grand vote robbery reminds me of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous saying: ‘pleasure without conscience.’ This pleasure is a social sin," said BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday, reports UNB.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters, he also said that the tea party hosted by a “euphoric” government formed through a “farcical” election, was tantamount to pleasure without conscience.
"No democracy-loving party and those who are in a democratic movement joined the event of sin committed by the government, which also betrayed the nation and took away the people's right to vote," Rizvi said.
Prime Minister Hasina, who also leads the ruling Awami League party, on Saturday hosted the tea party at her official residence for the leaders of political parties who had engaged in dialogue with her before the 11th general election.
Top leaders of all the political parties, except the Jatiya Oikya Front — which includes BNP — and the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), attended the tea party.
Turning down the results of the December 30 polls and bringing an allegation of vote robbery, Oikya Front and the LDA have been demanding fresh elections.
Rizvi on Sunday said there was no democracy in Bangladesh now, as the state was now under the grip of an individual and a party. "The people of Bangladesh have now become slaves of the state due to the demolition of democracy."
He also said the country's “most popular” political leader, Khaleda Zia, has been jailed while thousands of BNP leaders and activists were arrested on “false” charges, only to protect one-party rule.
The BNP leader said the government not only demonstrated a bizarre attitude but also mocked people by filing “fictitious” cases against dead people, paralyzed patients, and expatriates living in other countries.