BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday 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.
“The current government is fascist. We’ve 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.
He further said, “A fascist government cannot be defeated alone. All the forces are necessary to come together. We believe we’ll be able establish a pro-people government by removing the current despotic one through uniting all the patriotic and democratic forces. We’ll move forward by creating a strong unity, and our victory is sure.”
BNP arranged the discussion at Mohanagar Natya Mancha 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’ve stanched people’s voting rights and deprived people of good governance. They have taken their corruption to such a level that they have to now arrest their small fry to mislead people.”
He said the government will not be able to hide its corruption from people by catching some ‘small corrupt’ elements and making casino stories.
The BNP leader 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 government is not only snatching people’s right to expression, but also regulating the media.
He said though the televisions widely covered the namaz-e-janazas and burial of BNP vice-chairman and former Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka on Thursday, most of the newspapers gave very little focus on 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 of autocracy, fascism and corruption.We must protect the country from its grasp. “
Mosharraf urged their party leaders and activists to get ready to take to the streets being imbued with the spirit of November 7 to oust the current government and fee Khaleda Zia.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said it is the failure of the BNP leaders and activists that they could not force the government to release Khaleda from jail. “We’ve 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.