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No polls under Hasina: BNP

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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No polls under Hasina: BNP
BNP holds its Barishal divisional public rally at Bangabandhu Udyan in Barishal city on Saturday to press for various demands where its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir (Inset) speaks as the chief guest. – SUN PHOTO

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Opposition BNP has demanded that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina resign and Jatiya Sangsad be dissolved before the next general election.

“No election will be held under Hasina. No polls will be held under this government. She has to resign,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said while addressing a mammoth public rally in Barishal city on Saturday.

Power will have to be handed over to a caretaker government before the election. The neutral government will reconstitute the Election Commission which will hold the polls, he added.

The BNP secretary general called upon the people to get united for the sake of the country.

“This movement’s objective is not for BNP, Khaleda Zia or Tarique Rahman but to save the entire nation, bring back our rights, save children and brighten our future,” he said.

Mirza Fakhrul said they will form a national government if they are voted to power.

Mentioning that Awami League is trying to ‘snatch’ votes again, he said, “They (AL) are trying to show that the new chief election commissioner is neutral, who said the election will be held through electronic voting machine. But, we have strongly opposed this.”

He has praised the party men for their participation in the rally, defying all obstacles amid a transport strike.

The BNP leader alleged that the ruling Awami League has destroyed all the achievements of the country and politics. "We believe in multiparty democracy, but Awami League wants to establish a one-party rule.”

Blaming the government for ‘plundering’ money in the development projects, he said the ruling party has stolen thousands of crores of taka in the name of quick rental power plant in the country.

Portraying the sorry state of the country's economy, Mirza Fakhrul said crores of taka was siphoned off abroad, putting the country at stake.

Regarding the prime minister's statement that a famine might hit the country, he raised question that why the prime minister is talking about famine now?

“Even a few days ago they (government) claimed development everywhere. People don't want this type of development anymore," the BNP leader added.

As part of its movement, BNP organised the public programme at Bangabandhu Udyan in Barishal city in the afternoon. Two chairs were kept empty on the rally stage -- one for party chairperson Khaleda Zia and another for acting chairman Tarique Rahman.  Mirza Fakhrul addressed the rally as chief guest with Barishal City BNP Convener Moniruzzaman Khan Faruk in the chair. BNP central and local leaders also spoke on the occasion.

The demands include dissolution of the current parliament, handover of power to a non-party caretaker government and permanent release of Khaleda Zia.

The programme is also meant to protest against the hikes in the prices of essential food items, fuel and fertilisers and the deaths of five BNP men.

BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Abdul Moyeen Khan spoke as special guests at the grand rally.

Like other divisional rallies, BNP created huge gatherings as tens of thousands of the party leaders, activists and supporters were present in the programme.

The Bangabandhu Udyan premises were filled with party leaders, activists and supporters since Friday night. Thousands of BNP men were seen within around three-kilometre area of the rally venue.

Although the rally was scheduled to start from 2pm but it started since 11am formally as the opposition leaders and activists gathered at the rally venue in the morning.

BNP leaders and workers arrived from several districts of the Barishal division in the past three days since Thursday, defying all obstacles, including transport strikes.

Several thousands of BNP leaders, activists and supporters from different upazilas of Barishal district and from the metropolitan areas and five other districts in the division arrived at the rally venue travelling by boats, trawlers, motorcycles, bi-cycles and even on foot.

Barishal city virtually turned into a city of processions as opposition activists and supporters were parading city streets and marched towards the rally venue.

The crowds spilled out onto the surrounding roads off the venue while additional police were deployed in the venue area.

Many BNP leaders and activists alleged that they faced obstacles at various entry points of the city as the ruling party men tried to intercept them.

Centering the public rally, bus, microbus, launch, speedboat and three-wheeler services in Barishal were suspended in the last couple of days as transport owners called the road and river transport strikes for three days.

The suspension of traffic movement on roads and waterways caused immense public sufferings.

BNP sources said a large number of leaders and activists started thronging Barishal city from different districts since Wednesday due to the transport strike.

Many party men those reached the rally venue earlier were staying either in hotels or houses of their relatives while a large number of them stayed overnight at the rally venue under open sky.

BNP arranged food for those party men who passed night at the rally venue.

The internet connection was also found snapped or slow in the venue area during the rally, the sources alleged.

BNP earlier held four rallies in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna and Rangpur cities. Transport strikes were called ahead of the programmes.