360Published on May 16, 2023
While the entire country remained busy making preparations to face Cyclone Mocha, BNP never thought about saving the lives and properties of ordinary people. Rather, even in the face of such great disaster, they are plotting sabotages under the pretext of political programs. Since May 12, the government and the public have stepped in to protect the people of the disaster-prone areas from possible cyclone damage, but the BNP continued its so-called program throughout the day on May 13. The party has even announced to carry out sabotage during the rallies from May 19 to 29.
Of course, it is not new for BNP to play dirty political games in times of public peril. During the coronavirus pandemic, they continued holding rallies and discouraged individuals from receiving Covid-19 vaccinations, thereby exhibiting a callous disregard for the well-being of the general population. Ironically, while promoting vaccine hesitancy, they themselves covertly received vaccinations. The people of the country understood the dirty politics of the BNP during the pandemic thanks to the media exposure showing BNP leaders taking the corona vaccinations.
In addition to their disregard for public safety during the pandemic, the BNP demonstrated a lack of concern for the devastating cyclone that struck in 1991. Despite the loss of numerous lives and the displacement of thousands, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia showed no empathy towards the victims. In fact, as the Prime Minister at the time, she made callous remarks, belittling the significant loss of life. On the other hand, after assuming office in 1996, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina promptly took action. She prioritized the construction of adequate shelter centres to safeguard the coastal population from future disasters. Moreover, she launched the Ashrayan project to provide housing for poor individuals, further demonstrating her commitment to assisting those in need.
After the BNP-Jamaat alliance came to power in 2001, Khaleda Zia did not even visit areas in Mymensingh and Netrokona where many people, including women and children, died in nor'westers. Even the administration was not allowed to distribute relief to the affected people as Khaleda Zia wanted to officially give relief. Later, the then-opposition leader Sheikh Hasina was forced to send aid to the affected people on behalf of the party and put pressure on the government to stand by the affected people.
Throughout the history of Bangladesh, the BNP has consistently failed to stand by the people during times of crisis. They themselves always believe in grabbing power by using their muscle power. So, people's lives do not matter to them at all. Beware of these killers. Stand by the people in danger to face the disaster. May humanity win, and may the progress of humane society continue.