Refrigerating her call to the ruling party for engaging in talks with opposition parties without delay, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday said this regime will not be able to hang onto power for a long time depending on the power of other instead of people.
“The current government has no mass base as people don’t support them. So, they want to keep the country’s people subservient depending on the power of others,” the BNP chief said while addressing the national convention of Jatiya Ganotantrik Party (Jagpa).
She further said, “I think the current autocratic regime won’t be able to cling to power this way. That’s why I want to tell them to count on the country’s people. Resolve the country’s internal crises through discussions. Time is running out fast. Don’t try to buy time further.”
Jagpa, one of the components of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, arranged the programme at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh marking its 36th founding anniversary. The party was established on April 6, 1980.
Khaleda said the country is passing through a grave crisis as there is no ‘democracy, a representative government and a legitimate parliament’. “There’s no effective opposition in the so-called parliament while the election system has been turned into a farce.”
She alleged that there is no good governance, the rule of law, and justice as the country’s all institutions have been destroyed. “The government can’t ensure anybody’s security. Despite that, it’s claiming the situation is normal and what are happening all these are separate incidents.”
The BNP chief also alleged that law enforcers cannot perform their duties as they are being used to protect the ‘isolated regime’ from public wrath.
Mentioning that there has no normal and congenial atmosphere in the country, she said 14 people, including women and children, are getting killed everyday on an average in the country. “According to newspapers’ count around 1,5 00 people were killed over the last three months.”
Khaleda voiced deep concern over what she said the alarming rise in the incidents of secret killing. “Bloggers, university teachers, writers, publishers, foreign nationals and embassy officials, and people of different religions are being subjected to secret attacks and killings. It’s a matter of deep concern that the responsibility for the killings are being taken in the name of different militant outfits.