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‘Continue movement’, Fakhrul quotes Khaleda as saying

  • Published at 01:48 pm September 4th, 2021
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The BNP leader urged the youth to come forward to restore democracy by 'ousting' the current 'fascist regime through a movement

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their party chairperson Khaleda Zia asked them to continue the movement without losing courage and getting disappointed. 

"I met our leader Begum Khaleda Zia a few days back. She's told me one thing... never lose courage and never get disappointed. Stay strong and keep your morale high as the victory will be yours," he said during a discussion.

A faction of the Jatiya Party (Zafar) arranged the program at the National Press Club in Dhaka, marking the 6th death anniversary of its late chairman Kazi Zafar Ahmed, who died on August 27, 2015 at the age of 76.

Fakhrul hoped that Khaleda will again lead BNP after complete release from jail.

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He said they have been working tirelessly and trying to reorganize the BNP rank and file to wage a movement. "The people of this country never got defeated. It may take time, but the victory of people is sure."

The BNP leader urged the youth to come forward to restore democracy by "ousting" the current "fascist regime" through a movement.

"I see some sort of despair among you, but don't find any reason to get frustrated. See the history as Awami League had been out of power for 21 years. Ershad had been in power for nine years while Ayub Khan for 12 years, but finally they had to quit. It's not possible to stay in power going against people," Fakhrul observed.

He said Awami leaders are now making remarks about Zia's grave and his role in the Liberation War as they have no other issue to talk about and they have nothing to give the nation since they have become politically “bankrupted”.

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"The main issue is now vaccine as it's necessary to save people. But you still couldn't collect it even for 4% of people. You've failed to vaccinate people. It's better to make the health minister the astrology minister as he regularly talks about the vaccine arrival like an astrologist. The reality is that there's no vaccine," the BNP leader said.

He said the government is unable to collect the vaccine as it always looks for scopes to indulge in corruption and getting huge commissions by procuring the vaccines.

The BNP leader said the Awami League has established a one-party rule in disguise, but the journalists do not write about it by practising self-censorship. 

"Journalists are doing it in fear of being subjected to arrest and repression under the Digital Security Act. Our newspapers are now giving importance to unimportant issues like Pori Mini's."

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He said the government has turned Bangladesh into an "authoritarian" and "fascist" state by obliterating democracy and "snatching" all rights of the people. 

The BNP leader said the country's existence and sovereignty are now at stake due to the 'misrule' and subservient foreign policy of the Awami League.

"Bangladeshis are being killed along the border for cattle smuggling and our ministers defend it, saying the offenders must get punished. There's no place in the world where people are killed in this manner of such a crime or crossing the border. Our government is so weak and subservient that it doesn't dare to protest it," he said.

Fakhrul said over a million Rohingyas have been staying in Bangladesh for nearly four years, but the government could not send any of them to their motherland Myanmar only because of its knee jerk foreign policy. 

"They don't dare raise the issue with two countries -- China and India -- who can play the major role in resolving the problem."

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