BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Monday said Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami was given permission to hold a rally in the capital after a decade as an effect of the US visa policy.
Speaking at a discussion, he said Jamaat could hold meetings as a political party, but some people won-der whether the Islamist party was allowed to hold the rally after a long time following an entente with the government.
“In fact, the government was forced to give Jamaat permission (to hold the rally) because of the US visa policy. Everyone (belonging to the ruling party) has to now check blood pressure and sugar level in the morning and afternoon as they could understand everything has an end,” the BNP leader said.
Swahidhana Oikya Parishad arranged the discussion meeting at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 42nd death anniversary of the late President and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.
Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, said the current government must step down and hand over power to a neutral government to hold the upcoming national election.