BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said there is no alternative to ousting the current regime because of its growing misrule and repression.
“Our backs are pushed against the wall. Only a few weeks are left. So, we must take to the streets together with people with a strong commitment to establish a pro-people government removing the current autocratic regime. This is the only path left for us,” he said.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while addressing a discussion at Diploma Engineers’ Institution arranged by Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, marking the 6th ‘jail release day’ of BNP vice chairman Tarique Rahman. A documentary on Tarique’s recent speech in London was also screened at the program.
The BNP spokesman also asked the party leaders and activists to take all-out preparations for a harsher movement to establish people’s voting rights and protect democracy.
He also firmly said that BNP will not walk into the government’s trap of election under a partisan administration. “We want to clearly state that people won’t accept polls under the incumbent Prime Minister. BNP also won’t step into the Awami League’s this trap.”
Referring to Prime Minister’s earlier announcement in London that a polls-time interim government will be formed comprising members from the opposition, Fakhrul said Sheikh Hasina backtracked sensing her party’s sure defeat in the election.
Disproving the Prime Minister’s plan to hold the next polls under the current regime, Fakhrul said the vote will go for boat no matter where people cast it if the election is held under a partisan administration.
He also alleged that the government brought the 15th amendment to the constitution to establish a one-party rule Baksal in a different style as they have understood that they won’t be able to return to power through a fair election under a non-party neutral government.
Justifying their demand for arranging the polls under a non-party government, the BNP leader said, “We want a non-party government so that people can freely excise their franchise. We don’t want it thinking that it’ll put us in power.”
Fakhrul praised BNP senior vice chairman for his dynamic and unique leadership quality and termed him a symbol of power of the nationalist force.
Describing Tarique as a liberal politician, he recalled that Tarique had greeted then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy when he returned home from the US during the previous tenure of BNP.
But, Fakhrul lamented, Joy coming home during the Ramadan made derogatory remarks against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique. “It also exposed the difference between the political culture of BNP and Awai League.”