Fakhrul for fresh nat’l polls

Staff Correspondent

5 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Fakhrul for fresh nat’l polls

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday reiterated the demand for a fresh general election under a neutral election commission and election-time neutral government.

He also demanded resignation of the current Awami League government.

“This government will have to be ousted. Because, they are not elected government and it has no legitimacy. We believe that fall of this government will be ensured through united movement,” he said.

The BNP leader came up with the statement while addressing a protest rally arranged by Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, youth front of BNP, in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

He also demanded permanent release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and withdrawal of ‘false’ cases filed against BNP’s Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman.

 “This (Awami League) government is staying in power forcibly and has made anti-people law in a bid to prolong power. They have snatched away people’s right to speech and freedom of expression through Digital Security Act. We are demanding release all those are detained under the law,” he added.

The BNP secretary alleged that “Writer Mushtaq Ahmed was killed keeping him in jail unjustifiably after his arrest under the Digital Security Act. We said in the very beginning that it is a state-sponsored assassination. We are demanding a judicial probe into the killing.”

He said, “Around 700 people have been arrested under the Digital Security Act. From 5-year-old children to housewives have been arrested just for criticising the government or drawing cartoons. Our journalists are the worst victims of the law,” he added.