35 lakh are facing false cases, 500 others disappeared, he claims
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the restoration of democracy and the complete release of party chief Khaleda Zia are now the biggest challenges for their party.
"People are now being deprived of the right to vote today for lack of credible elections as the Election Commission has become a subservient institution,” he told reporters after paying homage to party founder Ziaur Rahman.
He also said the entire administration and the judiciary have been politicized by establishing a one-party despotic regime in disguise.
Fakhrul, along with party standing committee members and some senior leaders, placed wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave, marking the party’s 43rd founding anniversary.
The BNP and its associate bodies took up various programs, including discussions, to mark the day.
A former state minister, Fakhrul said the BNP has stepped into 44 years after 43 years of various struggles. “The biggest challenges for BNP are now to restore democracy in the country and free Khaleda Zia.”
Fakhrul said the BNP is standing on its own feet despite various obstacles and repressive acts. “Our 35 lakh leaders and activists have been facing false cases while 500 others have been made disappeared.”
He said they are working to reorganize the party and making them ready to take to the streets. “We hope we’ll be able to play a big role in restoring democracy next year and the year after.”
Fakhrul recalled Zia’s role in introducing multi-party democracy, the free-market economy in the country and taking it forward with various reforms and effective steps.
“When the enemies of the independence assassinated Ziaur Rahman, everyone thought that the BNP might lose its existence. But his worthy successor and the uncompromising leader of democracy, Khaleda Zia, took the helm of the party. She gave democracy an institutional shape through a long struggle for nine years,” Fakhrul claimed.
He said it is unfortunate for the nation that Khaleda has been kept in jail as the government has implicated her in “false” cases.
Fakhrul also came down hard on Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque for what he said making various remarks about a freedom fighter like Ziaur Rahman, his body and the grave at Chandrima Udyan. “Let him prove that he was a freedom fighter,” said the BNP leader.