Khaleda calls for ‘all-out movement’ for CGStaff Correspondent
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday called upon her party activists to take all-out preparations for street agitation to force the government to restore the provision for the non-party caretaker government to the constitution.
In a message on the occasion of BNP’s 35th founding anniversary, Khaleda Zia said the key objective of her party now was to restore the non-party caretaker government system to the constitution which, she said, the government had scrapped by ‘flexing muscles’.
She said BNP was carrying out the movement to realise the people’s rights and protect the country’s independence and sovereignty.
The country’s independence and sovereignty was at stake, she said in the message accusing the government of compromising national interests by signing various agreements against the country.
Khaleda said law and order had deteriorated alarmingly and there was crisis of electricity-gas-water everywhere. ‘People’s life has become miserable due to continuous price hike of essentials,’ she said.
‘Genocide, secret killings, enforced disappearances, extortion, corruption and repression are going on unchecked,’ she alleged.
The opposition leader said that there was no way for legal remedy as freedom of the judiciary had been destroyed through naked politicisation. ‘Administration has virtually collapsed,’ she added.
‘BNP cannot sit back and watch the situation,’ Khaleda said.
Marking the occasion, BNP leaders on Saturday called upon the party leaders and activists to carry out movement under Khaleda Zia’s leadership to force the government to hold the next polls under a non-party government.
They made the call while addressing a discussion organised by BNP at Engineers’ Institution of Bangladesh.
Khaleda Zia was scheduled to attend the discussion but did not turn up.
Addressing the discussion, BNP’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said it would not be wise for the opposition to give the government ‘any more chances’ to continue in power.
He said the government was trying to keep BNP leaders, including Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, out of election by awarding sentences to them in various ‘false’ cases.
Fakhrul criticised as ‘indecent’ and ‘non-political’ the prime minister’s comments at a public rally on Friday on the BNP chairperson.
He refuted the prime minister’s allegation that militancy would stage a comeback in the country if BNP came to power.
He claimed that BNP had never harboured militants rather it was Awami League that patronised extremists to turn Bangladesh into a ‘militant state’.
BNP leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Abdullah Al Noman, Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Selima Rahman addressed the discussion.
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