BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday night alleged that the recent communal incidents in different areas of the country are part of Awami League’s “evil design” to get over the next election hurdle.
"We think it’s not possible to incite riot and destroy communal harmony without patronage of those in power,” he said.
Fakhrul alleged that Awami League has started adopting various “evil tactics” to prolong its power. “They’re devising the evil designs to overcome the next elections hurdle. These incidents (sectarian violence) are the proofs of such a plan.”
He made the remarks while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Durga Puja. BNP arranged the programme at its chairperson’s Gulshan office.
The BNP leader said the Hindu community members know those who made the attacks on them, and their worship places do not belong to opposition parties, including BNP.
"We want to make it clear that the BNP always believes in the freedom of all religions and the party has already proved that,” he added.
He critiicised Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for what he said pointing finger at BNP soon after the communal violence in Cumilla without any investigation.
He said BNP leaders and activists have been implicated in every case filed in connection with the communal violence. “Hundreds of our leaders and activists have been made accused in those cases. Our 90 people have been arrested in Noakhali's Chauhamuni, and cases have been filed against those who can play a role during the election.”
Fakhrul said the main motive behind these cases is to suppress BNP and using the cases as a weapon to weaken BNP ahead of the national election.
Accusing Awami league of doing the politics of deception, he said the ruling party is again trying to indulge in a game in the name of election by spreading the “politics of hatred”.
He urged the Hindu community members to get united to ensure the fall of the current “monstrous regime” to establish a pro-people government. “This country belongs to all. We won’t allow anyone to harm this country.”
Around 150 members of the Hindu Community from different parts of the country joined the programme.
Some Hindu community members narrated how they and their worship places were attacked by criminals in Cumilla, Noakhali, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazr and other areas of the country.