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No polls under Hasina: Fakhrul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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No polls under Hasina: Fakhrul
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at the party’s Cumilla divisional public rally at the Town Hall ground in Cumilla city on Saturday. —sun Photo

Opposition BNP has announced that no election will be held in the country under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government.

“No election will be held in the country until resignation of Sheikh Hasina, dissolution of parliament and power handover to a caretaker government,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.

He came up with the announcement while addressing a public rally in Cumilla city on Saturday.

As part of its divisional programmes, BNP organised the grand rally, demanding resignation of the government and the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.

The rally was held on the Town Hall premises in the city with BNP Cumilla south district unit BNP convener Amin-ur-Rashid Yasin in the chair. The rally began at about 11:30am.

The programme was meant to protest against the hikes in the prices of essential commodities, fuels and fertilisers and the deaths of five BNP men.

Other demands include dissolution of the current parliament, power handover to a non-party caretaker government, resignation of the incumbent Awami League government and permanent release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Addressing the programme as chief guest, Mirza Fakhrul called the countrymen to wage an ‘irresistible’ movement to compel the current Awami League government to resign.

“They (government) have started the previous game.  Now they are making evil tactics as they are saying that Sheikh Hasina will remain in chair and MPs and ministers will remain in chair as usual and we will cast our vote in EVM. They will steal as much as they desire,” he said.

Criticising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Mirza said she has addressed a public rally in Jashore by using all state facilities and using state machineries and sought vote for boat, the electoral symbol of her party Awami League.

“Forget about the boat. People want to see your (Awami League government’s) departure. Kindly, leave the power immediately. Otherwise, people of this country will oust you,” he said.

The BNP leader alleged that the government has started filing ‘fictitious’ cases against the party men and raiding the houses of the BNP men to foil the scheduled December 10 rally in Dhaka.

Portraying a gloomy picture of the country's economy, he said that people are getting poorer, but the ruling party men are getting richer.

BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam Khan and Mirza Abbas, among others, spoke at the programme.

Huge gathering was created in and around the Cumilla town hall area. The venue was filled with thousands of the party leaders, activists and supporters by 10:00am and the crowd also spread in the roads of surrounding areas, including Pubali chattar, Ranirbazar road, Badurtala, Victoria College Road and Stadium area.

Witnesses said the party leaders and activists who came from different nearby districts also stayed overnight setting up temporary camps on the town hall premises.

Thousands of opposition leaders, activists and supporters arrived at the venue and set up camp there a day before the party's divisional rally as many people arrived on Friday in fear of a transport strike.

This time the party men faced lesser obstacles than the previous divisional rallies as there was no transport strike in Cumilla and its adjacent districts over the public rally.

Since Saturday morning, the party leaders and activists began to throng the rally venue from different areas with processions carrying posters, placards and banners.

The entire city of Cumilla wore a festive look with colourful banners, festoons, posters and billboards set up on the occasion of the rally.

BNP on September 27 announced a series of public rallies in 10 divisional cities. The party will conclude its divisional rallies through a grand rally in Dhaka city on December 10.

The party earlier held seven big public rallies in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur, Barishal, Faridpur and Sylhet cities on the same issue.