'The incidents of rape, killing, and enforced disappearance have turned into an epidemic due to serious degradation of social values'
BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain urged President Abdul Hamid to take steps for holding a national dialogue to get rid of the growing incidents of rape, and killing across the country.
"The incidents of rape, killing, and enforced disappearance have turned into an epidemic due to serious degradation of social values. Democracy must be restored to keep a check on it," he said while speaking at a discussion program organized by Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum at the National Press Club in Segunbagicha on Saturday.
The BNP leader further said: "The president can take an immediate initiative for holding a national dialogue to save the country from such incidents."
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said an elected government will have to be established in the country as the current regime is “unusually” running the country “usurping” power, reports UNB.
He criticized the government for its failure to end water logging in Dhaka and Chittagong, though it spent a huge amount of money on different development projects.
"We are witnessing signs of the government's development. People have gone through serious suffering in Dhaka, and Chittagong 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 criticized the government for making “a business tycoon”, AHM Mustafa Kamal, the finance minister of the country.
"He is one of the 10 richest people 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," he said.
Mosharraf alleged that the finance minister is protecting the interests of the rich, and not of the commoners.
He also accused the government of taking a position against the people by widening the areas of tax and VAT, and by raising gas prices.