BNP held rallies and processions in different parts of the country, including in Dhaka, on Thursday, protesting attacks on the party men, their arrests and harassment in ‘false’ cases by police.
The demonstration was also intended to register the party's protest against police raids on the homes of BNP leaders and workers, incarceration despite bail in various cases, and ‘torture’ on them by ruling party cadres. The programme excluded Khulna division.
Addressing the protest rally as chief guest, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir urged the current Awami League government to resign and hand over power to an election-time non-party, neutral government.
"Leave power on your own. Otherwise, the people of the country know well how to oust a government,” he said.
The BNP secretary general said the election-time non-party caretaker government will reconstitute the Election Commission under which the next parliament polls will be held.
He also called upon the party leaders and activists to wage movement in a bid to compel the incumbent government to resign.
Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the government has been creating obstructions to its ‘democratic’ programmes while as part of the obstruction, bus services have been stopped in Khulna area centring the BNP’s rally.
BNP also held protest rallies and brought out processions in different metropolitan city and district areas across the country except in Khulna division.
The BNP is scheduled to hold a public rally in Khulna city on October 22 to press home their demands, including resignation of the government and holding of the general election under a non-party government.
The party has already arranged two massive rallies in Chattogram and Mymensingh cities while the third one will be held in Khulna on Saturday.
Meanwhile, speaking at a programme of unveiling a booklet at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the morning, Mirza Fakhrul said, "The government has been working terribly…to suppress our movement. They talk about democracy by obstructing the opposition’s rallies.”
“People don't want to see them in power as they [ruling party men] kill people, resort to enforced disappearance, plundering and siphoning off money abroad," Fakhrul said.