Turning down the opposition's demand for resignation, BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan Tuesday said the government would hand over power to caretaker government only when its term completes, reports UNB.
"BNP will resign only when its term completes, it won't bow to the demand of Awami League (AL) and 14 parties," Bhuiyan told a party rally at the city's Muktangon amidst cheers from thousands of activists.
Dhaka city unit of BNP organised the rally as part of the ruling party's countrywide programme in every city and district headquarters against the current wave of terror attacks across the country.
The BNP Secretary General said AL has made a bad habit of demanding resignation of the government on any issue. "There is nothing new in it… they (AL) have been demanding resignation of the present government from time to time citing various reasons since its formation."
"They had even given a fixed date for the fall of the government. But the people did not respond to it," the BNP leader told the rally.
Scoffing at the opposition's notion that bombings will stop if the government steps down, Bhuiyan asked, "How do they know bombings will stop if the government resigns? Are they (opposition) themselves carrying out the bombings?"
He said there had been bombings on various occasions during the Awami League rule and they did not resign for that. "Why should we resign now?" he questioned.
Listing measures already taken by the government to capture the bombers, he said the government has arrested many bombers, filed many cases and submitted charge sheets.
About the suicide bombings, Mannan said, "Suicide bombing has turned into a national problem and a tiny isolated section of the society is doing this without any support from political parties, professionals and alem-ulemas."
With the cooperation of all political parties, professionals and alem-ulemas, it is possible to take quick actions against the bombers, he said.