Criticising Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury for asking the Chief Justice to leave the country, the BNP has alleged that some ruling party leaders are exposing their 'communal attitude' with their derogatory comments on SK Sinha.
"A senior minister of the government asked the Chief Justice to leave the country. We also smell communalism in the words of one or two more ministers...They're trying to bring communalism and spread its odor very carefully," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, reports UNB.
Speaking at a doa mahfil on Monday, he further said, "The Chief Justice is Bangladeshi, but he belongs to the minority community. That's why there's this communalism in different types of their veiled threats to him."
Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal arranged the programme at BNP's Nayapaltan central office seeking early recovery of party chairperson Khaleda Zia who underwent a surgery on her right eye in London recently.
Speaking at a human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday, Matia Chowdhury slammed Chief Justice SK Sinha over some of the observations in the Supreme Court verdict on the 16th amendment case.
"Nothing in this country seems to please you, so why don't you leave the country? Who told you to stay in Bangladesh?" she said in a reference to the Chief Justice.
Opposing her comments, Rizvi said, "Why will he (CJ) go abroad? Whether you want to occupy his land property by threatening him to go abroad as it is your old habit to grab the property of minority people!"
He said the ruling party leaders are giving SK Sinha various threats and the government is launching an investigation into his wealth only to demoralise him. "I would like to tell the Chief Justice that they (govt) are trying to defeat you. History will consider you as a hero if you remain strict to your stance overcoming the pressure."
The BNP leader came down hard on Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed for his comments that if anyone tries to get involved in caretaker government issue his hands will get burnt.
"You should push the fire towards your own body as you're the person who talked in favour of keeping the caretaker government system before the parliament's special committee formed after ABM Khairul Haque's verdict cancelling the system with two observations," Rizvi observed.