'New citizenship law to suppress political opposition'

Dhaka,  Thu,  23 March 2017
Published : 18 Mar 2017, 22:03:40
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'New citizenship law to suppress political opposition'

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SYLHET, Mar 18: The government is contemplating enacting a black law named 'Bangladesh citizenship law' targeting to suppress BNP and other opposition political parties, speakers told a discussion meeting in Sylhet city on Saturday.

This law would hit the Non-resident Bangladeshis most as they would lose their citizenship while others would also be affected by this anti-people law, they observed.

Sylhet city unit BNP organised the discussion styled 'Draft Bangladesh Citizenship Bill-2016: Citizens' views' at a hotel where the organisation's central vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman addressed as the chief guest.

Noman said law is enacted for people's benefit but this one is anti-people. He called upon all to raise voice against such a move countrywide.

Noman said the nation wants a free and fair election through participation of all parties.  A government without having people's trust through voting cannot enact such an important law, he added.

Another vice-chairman Khondaker Mahbub Hossain said it is planned out of political grudge. This law would make NRBs class three citizens, he added and viewed there should be nationwide protest against such a black law.

Former chairman of Privatisation Commission Enam Ahmed Chowdhury said the law would badly hit foreign remittance as the NRBs would face a sever threat.

Former DU pro-VC AFM Yousuf Haider and Sylhet city mayor (suspended) Ariful Haqua Chowdhury also addressed among others while city BNP president Nasim Hossain chaired.    iqbal1527@hotmail.com
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