BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday called upon the administration not to take a stand against the people by abetting the government that has been indulging in ‘plundering’ and ‘anti-people activities.
He said ruling party leaders are becoming millionaires through ‘corruption and looting’ while people are getting poorer.
He was Speaking at a human-chain program arranged by Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal in front of the Jatiya Press Club , protesting the growing price hike of daily essentials.
Pointing a finger at the police and administration, the BNP leaders said, “You will not inflict torture on people for an anti-state party plagued with corruption. This government has taken stance against the state and the people. The Awami League government is stuffing their pockets by picking the pockets of the people. Thousands of people are becoming poorer.”
He said Awami League’s call for a fair election is a farce.
“The Awami League general secretary on Thursday said the prime minister wants a free and fair election in the country so that everyone can vote. It’s like the devil listening to the scriptures.” He added
BNP leader said Awami League is now talking about a fair election after destroying the election system and three national elections.
Fakhrul said the election system has now reached such a state in the country that a Shariatpur MP said he would select the chairman and members in the UP polls.
“We can’t imagine such a scenario of our country. We fought for democracy in 1971, but the government has now established a one-party rule by throwing that democracy into the Bay of Bengal,” he added.
Fakhrul alleged that the current government cannot tolerate dissent and criticisms at all.
He claimed that police attacked their party leaders and activists from behind without any provocation while they were returning home after a peace rally in front of their Nayapltan central office on Tuesday.
The BNP leader said the law enforcers charged batons and opened fire on their leaders and activists, leaving many of them injured.
He said: “But cases are now being filed against our hundreds of leaders and activists. Why are you so sacred? You fear us as you’ve lost the ground beneath your feet. You won’t even get the escape route the day people will take to the streets.”
The BNP leader said people are going through immense sufferings as the prices of essential commodities, including that of rice, pulses, eggs, potatoes, onions, sugar, kerosene oil and edible oil are continuously soaring since the government has lost control over the market.
He said the ruling party business syndicates are hiking the prices of the essentials and making a quick buck.
“People are now living in a suffocating situation in the country. There’s now no alternative to waging a strong movement to get rid of it,” he added.
Drawing attention of Swechchhasebak Dal leaders and activists, Mirza Fakhrul said, “I call upon you, be organised now. With the participation of people, a tough movement has to be launched. With the national unity irrespective of political parties and opinions, this government has to be ousted and the government of the people has to be established. Elections have to be held under a neutral government. Only then we would participate in the election, otherwise not.”
Swechchhasebak Dal acting president Mustafizur Rahman presided over the human chain. BNP leaders including standing committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud spoke at the human chain.