Taking a swipe at the government for the current crisis over the Covid-19 vaccine, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday accused it of indulging in business in the name of coronavirus.
“The government is not accountable to anybody as it has no connection with people. So, it’s doing business with the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
The BNP leader said, "We had warned the government earlier that the vaccine shouldn’t be taken from a single source. But they’ve taken the vaccine from only one source for their own benefit. As a result, the country is now facing a vaccine crisis.”
Fakhrul made the remarks while speaking at a programme at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
At the programme, he, on behalf of party acting chairman Tarique Rahman, presented eid gifts to the family members of those leaders of BNP and its associate bodies who were subjected to enforced disappearance and killing during the current government.
He alleged that the government did not take effective steps to tackle coronavirus and ensure proper treatment for people over the last one and a half years. “They’ve only worked on how to make money, how to indulge in corruption. So, people are not getting treatment and they’re going from one hospital to another for ICU beds.”
The BNP leader said their party had called on the government over a year back to contact Russia and China as alternative sources for vaccines, but they did not pay heed to it. “They’re now going to sign deals with China and Russia after killing plenty of time. They’re now drinking muddy water ignoring the fresh one.”
He said the government should have taken united steps to tackle a national disaster like coronavirus by sitting with all the political parties and relevant stakeholders.
Pointing at the family members of the victims of enforced disappearance, Fakhrul said their party has no strength to recover the losses they have suffered with the disappearances of their loved ones. “That’s not possible either. Every year such events make us emotional, and when I appear before you like this, I feel guilty as we’ve so far not been able to change the situation.”
Fakhrul said BNP's over 500 leaders and activists were subjected to enforced disappearance over a decade.
Referring to different rights bodies’ statistics, he said 601 people were made disappeared during 2009 to 2019 while 2,817 were subjected to extrajudicial and other killings.
"So many people have had to give their lives and so many young people have had to leave… The government and Awami League must be accountable one day to the victims’ families and the entire nation for this," the BNP leader warned.