Dhaka, Mar 22 : Bangladesh's main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday urged the country’s people to work together irrespective of party affiliations and political convictions so as to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"We think this (coronavirus) is a national and global disaster. That’s why we’re calling upon all people, regardless of party, opinion, caste and creed to work together and not to get panicked. We all need to demonstrate an attitude that we’ll overcome it together," he said.
The BNP leader added "We all must do the work that is needed to tackle the situation. We would like to clearly say this global disaster must be dealt with through national unity. Try to stand beside people at this critical time instead of taking advantage of the situation."
He made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of BNP standing committee members at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office.
Fakhrul said the government should now encourage people to stay indoors to prevent the spread of the virus.
He urged businessmen not to raise the prices of essential commodities and try to stand beside the people at this critical time instead rather than taking undue advantage of the situation.
Alamgir warned that the country may face a famine-like situation if the government fails to take long-term steps to face the situation.
About the by-elections to three parliamentary seats held today, the BNP leader said not even two per cent votes were cast as the election commission conducted the voting amid the fear of coronavirus infection ignoring BNP’s request to postpone the polls.
He alleged the BNP's party candidate’s polling agents were driven out by the ‘ruling party men’ during the voting. The BNP leader demanded re-elections in the Dhaka-10, Gaibandha-3 and Bagerhat-4 constituencies. (UNI)