Serious political crisis prevails in country: BNP

Staff Correspondent

4 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said a serious political crisis prevails in the country during current Awami League regime.

“A serious political crisis is prevailing in the country during current Awami League regime. Democracy has been imprisoned in the festival of enforced disappearance and killing as well as plundering, embezzlement and grabbing,” he said.

The BNP leader was addressing a press briefing at the party central office at Nayapaltan in the capital.

“Democracy-recognised rights of opposition and freedom of expression have been imprisoned. Entire country has turned into a prison. The countrymen are imprisoned due to misrule of the government,” he said.

He alleged that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tarique Rahman, also acting chairman of the party, have fallen victims to serious ‘anger and vengeance’ of a person.

“People believe that the cases filed against Tarique Rahman and his conviction, all are conspiratorial,” he said.

The BNP secretary general lamented saying that BNP didn’t observe Tarique’s ‘Jail Release Day’ as ‘a dark and suffocating’ atmosphere is now prevailing in the country.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters on the Supreme Court premises, Mirza Fakhrul criticised the prime minister’s speech for rejecting the possibility of dialogue with the opposition over upcoming national polls.

“They (government) are keeping power in their grip and established one-party rule using state machinery. This is why, people will have to get united for realising their demands,” he said.

He said an election under a neutral government is the demand of people of the country, but the prime minister has rejected it telling that election will be held according to the Constitution.

“They (Awami League) have already changed the Constitution on many occasions and have taken it in favour of their party,” Mirza Fakhrul said.

He said the prime minister’s statement on next general elections has frustrated people as holding a neutral election under an election-time neutral government is people’s demand.

“The nation hoped that the prime minister would deliver a positive speech for people and democracy thereby arranging a fair election by creating equal scope for all, but she couldn’t deliver it,” he lamented.