BNP vice chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain has warned the ruling Awami League that BNP has the capacity to resist any ‘onslaught’ on the judiciary.
“They (AL) have taken to the streets against the court. They’re demonstrating that they even can kick on the door of the court.
But, if any attack is made on the court, the last resort for justice, BNP has the capability to resist it,” he said.
Mahbub, also an ex-Supreme Court Bar Association president, came up with the warning while speaking at a discussion programme organised by Jatiya Gonotantrik Andolon at the Jatiya Press Club, reports UNB.
He said Awami League have got unnerved following the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment verdict as it has exposed the government’s failures and corruption.
The BNP leader said Awami League leaders are playing with fire as they are continuously making indecent remarks on the country’s apex court and the Chief Justice. “Stop playing with fire. Or else, people will come up with resistance against you.”
Mahbub said the BNP leaders would have faced hundreds of contempt of court cases had they made one percent of offensive comments of the ruling party men against the judiciary.
About the next election, the BNP leader said it must be held under an election-time supportive government as fair and acceptable polls are not possible under a partisan government.
He also said the country’s people will not allow the ruling party to hold another January-5 like election.
Mahbub urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take steps for holding a neutral election under the supportive government shunning her obstinacy. Otherwise, he warned, the country’s 16 crore people will take to the streets to ensure her government’s fall.
Speaking at another discussion programme, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said their party should not get overenthusiastic over the government’s row with the judiciary over the 16th amendment verdict.
“Awami League has appointed the Chief Justice. The government has exposed its internal problem by shouting over the verdict. We should not express overjoy over it. Instead, we must pay proper attention to our own jobs.”
Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Projonmo-71 arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking its 12th founding anniversary.
The BNP leader said Awami League leaders are making unguarded remarks about the judiciary as they do not care about the Supreme Court and its verdict.