The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave, together with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, marking the organisation’s 42nd founding anniversary.
He said they took a fresh vow on the first day of the New Year to completely free Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restore’ democracy in the country.
"We are working towards that goal and we believe we will succeed in 2021," Fakhrul said.
Asked why BNP is not getting success in its anti-government movement, he said the ruling party has been suppressing people’s justified movement for the ‘restoration of democracy’ by resorting to repressive acts.
“Awami League is a fascist political party. They‘ve usurped power using the state machinery on the night of December 29 by indulging in vote robbery and depriving people of their right to vote,” he alleged.
Fakhrul said history suggests that the justified demands of people can never be suppressed through repression. “No one could do it in Bangladesh in the past. We believe that we’ll be able to gather new energy in the New Year to defeat the fascist government.”