BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said that the Awami League-led government is having a nightmare over the opposition’s public rally slated for December 10 in Dhaka.
"Our Dhaka rally will be held on December 10. We want to hold it in front of our Nayapaltan office. But, they (govt) have lost their sleep in fear of losing power. They themselves are saying that their throne will be overturned," he said.
“You (govt) know that you have committed many misdeeds. So, you are also sacred and having nightmares that Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman are coming,” he said.
As part of the divisional programmes, the embattled party staged the grand rally at historic Madrasa Maidan in the northern city with the northern city unit BNP convener Ershad Ali Esha in the chair.
The rally was arranged to press their long-running demand for resignation of the Awami League-led government and holding of the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.
A chair was kept empty on the stage for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia who is now staying at her Gulshan residence after her conditional release from jail.
Although the party was scheduled to start the rally at 2pm, they started it at 9:30am as party men already arrived there. Mirza Fakhrul addressed the rally as chief guest, while its central and local leaders also spoke.
The programme was meant to protest the hikes in the prices of essential commodities, fuels and fertilisers, and the deaths of five BNP men in firing.
Other demands include dissolution of the current parliament, handover of power to a non-party caretaker government, resignation of the incumbent Awami League-led government and permanent release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Addressing the rally, Fakhrul reiterated their of resignation of the incumbent government, dissolving parliament and handing over the power to an election time caretaker government that will reconstitute the election commission for holding the next general election.
“We have clearly said we want caretaker government provision in the constitution. Election must be held under election time caretaker government. Otherwise, no polls will be held in the country,” he said.
The BNP secretary general also called the party men to wage an ‘irresistible’ movement to oust the current government.
He alleged that the government men are staging various incidents and shifting blame to BNP leaders and activists and accusing the opposition men with ‘false’ cases.
Mentioning that the banks have turned into empty through plundering, Mirza Fakhrul said the incumbent government has destroyed the country’s economy.
“Awami League is no more a political party. It has turned into a party of plunderers. They have become richer through looting and making people poorer,” he added.
BNP standing committee members Nazrul Islam Khan, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku also addressed the programme, among others.
Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP, its front and associate organisations from around eight neighbouring districts under Rajshahi division participated in the rally.
A large number of leaders and activists of the BNP and its associate bodies started thronging the rally venue from different districts since Wednesday amid the transport strike.
The party men went to the rally venue by different modes of alternative vehicles, including three-wheelers, motorbikes, bi-cycles, trucks, pickups and trains, and even on foot.
BNP men from Natore, Bogura, Pabna, Sirajganj, Naogaon, Joypurhat and Chapainawabganj of northern region of the country started arrived at the rally venue in processions, defying all obstacles.
Law enforcers took adequate measures to maintain law and order in and around the city during the rally.
The party is scheduled to conclude their divisional rallies through holding a public rally in Dhaka on December 10.