Progressive Democratic Party convener Ferdous Ahmad Quarishi on Saturday opposed the demand for lifting the state of emergency now or before the next general elections.
Certain quarters — mostly those who are accused, directly or indirectly, of corruption — have been making the demand mainly to stop the ongoing anti-corruption drive and the legal process; they were not really interested in holding a free and fair election, Quarishi told a press conference at the Segunbagicha office of the PDP in Dhaka.
In his opinion, ‘If the state of emergency is lifted in a hurry, the terrors and corrupt politicians will return to the field and the peace and law and order prevailing now in the country will disappear.’
He said, ‘We suspect those who demand that the state of emergency should go right now may include some such people who really want to see the law and order to collapse and the country to plunge again in chaos. They probably want to create the ground for a system tougher than the emergency.’
Quarishi, however, called on the government to relax the Emergency Powers Rules in phases as necessary to create an election-friendly environment and to lift the ban on political activities at district and upazila levels right now.
Turning to the issue of price spiral of essential commodities, the PDP convener said the situation ‘have created enormous sufferings for the fixed income group of people. The government should take speedy and appropriate steps in time to rectify the situation.’
He also reiterated the PDP’s demand for providing dearness allowance to the low-income employees and introducing rationing of food items.
PDP joint conveners Noor Mohammad Khan and Rafiqul Hossain and central leaders HMA Goffer and Reazul Islam were also present at the press conference.