BNP on Wednesday alleged that the Prime Minister has gone to Sweden on a 'pleasure trip' at a time when hillslides played havoc with people's lives in four districts.
"The Prime Minister had also visited Austria when cyclone Mora hit the country. Heads of government usually stand by victims cancelling their foreign trips when any natural disaster affects their countries," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, reports UNB.
The current Prime Minister also did the same thing after the 1/11 changeover."
Speaking at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office, he further said, "It's the tradition of Awami League to abandon people when they're in danger as they did it in 1971.
At least at 144 people, including army personnel and children, were killed in separate incidents of hillslides triggered by heavy rains in Bandarban, Chittagong, Rangamati and Cox's Bazar districts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka at 12:10pm on Tuesday for London en route to Stockholm on a three-day bilateral visit to Sweden at the invitation of her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.
Rizvi said though the tour has no diplomatic importance, the Prime Minister went to Sweden in a relaxed mood at a time when the death toll in the landslides was climbing fast. "The PM's tour has once again exposed that Awami League has no human face."
He also alleged that Sheikh Hasina's Sweden visit is also tantamount to making fun of the dead bodies and disaster-hit people.
The BNP leader said their chairperson Khaleda Zia during her government's rule in 2004 returned home from China cancelling her visit after militants blasted bombs in 63 districts as she does politics for people and their welfare.
He alleged that the Prime Minister herself joins many conferences abroad where a secretary or a state minister should go.
Rizvi alleged that the government did not develop infrastructure in the country's hill districts as those lack roads, power and modern technology to alert people about natural disaster. "So, many people wouldn't have died had there been any sustainable development there."
He said the government has failed to in place a modern disaster preparedness to face natural calamities and build up a skilled rescue team to save people during any natural catastrophe.