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People to resist any ‘farcical’ polls: Fakhrul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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People to resist any ‘farcical’ polls: Fakhrul
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) brings out a procession at Uttara in the capital on Saturday to realise their 10-point demand. —sun Photo

The major opposition BNP has announced a human chain programme across the country as part of their ongoing simultaneous movement to realise their 10-point demand, including the resignation of the incumbent Awami League government.

The programme is also meant to register protests against the price hikes of gas, electricity, and essential commodities, including rice, pulses, and edible oil, as well as the prices of agricultural instruments and education materials.

As part of the announcement made on Saturday by the opposition, the BNP and its like-minded political parties and organisations will form a human chain simultaneously in metropolitan cities and districts across the country, including in Dhaka on Saturday, March 11.

Announcing the programme BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir requested the support of the opposition leaders, activists, and supporters to make the programme successful.

Meanwhile, the BNP and its like-minded political parties and organisations also held a march programme on Saturday in thana areas of metropolitan cities across the country, including in Dhaka, to realise the 10-point demands.

As part of the nationwide march programme, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated the march programme at Auwal Avenue road of Uttara Purbo thana in the capital.

 At the brief rally prior to the march, he warned that people would this time resist any type of ‘farcical’ election in the country.

"Awami League thinks that they will hold the general election this time the way they held the past two-term polls, but people will not allow this anymore. People have already taken to the streets."

Mentioning that they are going ahead with a ‘peaceful’ movement, he said they will not allow the government to hold any elections under it.

 "We will remain in this peaceful movement until the fall of this government. If we are obstructed, then we will overcome the obstruction. People are with us, and they will overcome the obstacles," the BNP secretary general added.

He also announced that the party will hold  human chain in metropolitan cities and districts across the country to realise their 10 point demands and to protest against the price hike of essential commodities and utilities on March 11.

Mentioning the ruling party leaders’ speech that the next national polls will be held under the party in power as per the constitution, Mirza Fakhrul said the incumbent government has amended the constitution as per their desire.

He alleged that the incumbent government is going to hold another ‘designed’ election in the country while no election can be held free and neutral under the party in power.

Mirza Fakhrul also demanded the release of the party leaders, including Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed, and demanded the government bring Salahuddin Ahmed back to the country.

The BNP held the march programme in around 62 thana areas in the capital.

Besides, Ganatantra Manch held the march programme in Jatiya Press Club area, 12 party alliance in Bijoynagar water tank area, Jatiyatabadi Shamamana Jote in Bijoynagar Al-Raji complex area, Shamamana Peshajibi Ganatantrik Jote in Purana Paltan crossing area, LDP at Panthapath, Badda and Jatrabari area simultaneously on the day in the same issue.