The government on Wednesday formally invited seven senior leaders of BNP to join the inaugural programme of the Padma Bridge on June 25.
But, BNP leaders said that they were not interested to the Padma Bridge and its inaugural ceremony.
Dulal Chandra Sutradhar, a deputy secretary of the Bridges Division, went to BNP's Nayapaltan central office around 11:00am on Wednesday and handed over the invitation cards to the party’s senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Those seven leaders from the BNP have been invited are party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moin Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and vice-chairman Hafiz Uddin Ahmed.
Talking to reporters, Dulal Chandra said he on behalf of the Bridges Division came to the BNP office with the invitation cards.
BNP’s senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi admitted about the invitation from the government.
He said that a deputy secretary of the government gave the invitation cards to the BNP office when the BNP leader was present there.
“I don’t want to make any comment on this. We have no interest in it,” he said.
But, replying to a question, Rizvi said there is no reason for their party leaders to take part in the programme.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the Padma Bridge on June 25. The bridge will open to traffic on the next day, June 26.
The decades-long desire of the people is going to be fulfilled with the inauguration of Padma Bridge. The Padma Multipurpose Bridge is a multipurpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River. The Padma Bridge is expected to give a big boost to trade and commerce in the south-western part of the country. The whole country will get benefits from the bridge as it is a milestone in communications sector in Bangladesh.