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BNP: No alternative to movement

  • Published at 04:57 pm November 8th, 2019
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File photo: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addresses a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday, September 16, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Fakhrul alleges the government is turning Bangladesh into a failed state in a planned way

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said they are working to unite all the patriotic forces as there is no alternative to taking to the streets to "restore democracy" and people's rights by dislodging the current "fascist regime."

Speaking at a discussion, he alleged that the government is trying to mislead people about its "widespread corruption" by crafting casino stories, reports UNB.

"The current government is fascist. We have no other option but to take to the streets in unison to restore democracy, our lost rights, and free Khaleda Zia," the BNP leader said on Friday.

He further said: "A fascist government cannot be defeated alone. It is necessary for all the forces to come together. We believe we will be able establish a pro-people government by removing the current despotic one through uniting all the patriotic and democratic forces. We will move forward by creating a strong unity, and our victory is sure."

BNP arranged the discussion at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in Dhaka, marking what it says the National Revolution and Solidarity Day commemorating the "civil-military uprising" on November 7, 1975.

Fakhrul alleged that the government is turning Bangladesh into a failed state in a planned way by destroying democratic institutions. 

"They have restricted people's voting rights and deprived them of good governance. They have taken their corruption to such a level that they now have to arrest their small fry to mislead people."

The BNP leader also said the ruling party leaders plundered thousands of crores of taka from different banks and the share market. "Some of the plunderers are your (PM's) ministers, advisers, and relatives."

Fakhrul alleged that the government is not only snatching people's right to expression but also regulating the media.

He said, although the televisions widely covered the funeral prayers and burial of BNP Vice Chairman and former Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka on Thursday, most of the newspapers gave very little focus to the news item. 

"They either published the news on the back page or inner pages. Some newspapers did it as per the government's instruction while some others because of self-censorship."

BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the government has created an awful situation by "usurping power."

"Bangladesh has now become the role model for autocracy, fascism, and corruption. We must protect the country from their [ruling party's] grasp," he said. 

Mosharraf urged the BNP leaders and activists to get ready to take to the streets, imbued with the spirit of November 7, to oust the current government and free Khaleda Zia.

BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed said it is the failure of the party leaders and activists that they could not force the government to release Khaleda from jail. 

"We have failed to free Khaleda Zia as she has been in jail for around one year and nine months."

He said their chairperson's health condition has worsened, but she is not getting bail from the court due to the government's "political influence."

Stating that it will not be possible to have Khaleda freed from jail through the legal process, Moudud urged the party leaders and activists to get ready to wage a strong movement to ensure the fall of the current government.

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