London, Nov 2: Khaleda Zia has called for 'national unity' to topple the Awami League government, claiming Sheikh Hasina has established 'monarchy' in Bangladesh.
The BNP chairperson, with son Tarique Rahman at her side, launched a scathing attack on the governing Awami League at a meeting organised by her party's UK chapter at Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel on Sunday evening (local time).
Tarique's wife Zubaida Rahman was also in the audience of the meeting, which is the first during Khaleda's visit to the UK now running one and a half months. The BNP chief told the expatriate leaders and activists that she would return home soon to revamp the party for anti-government movement. The former prime minister attacked the government for the law and order situation, which she said was "worst in the country's history".
"The people of Bangladesh are not well today. They are not in peace. Harassments are crossing the limit every day," Khaleda said. Without naming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she said, "Bangladesh is now a monarchy. There is Lady Hitler running this monarchy."
"Because all her soldiers, I mean the administration, are only carrying out her orders. Everything is done on her order," she added.
Citing an interview that Hasina gave to the BBC after the assassination of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the BNP chief said, "She (Hasina) said, 'I'll go to Bangladesh to take revenge, not to do politics'."
"She has not come to build the country. She has come to destroy it," Khaleda said. She blamed the Awami League government for 'the rise of militancy'.
"It is Hasina who is shouting militants, militants, but why? ... It is to frighten the foreigners."
"She wants to make them understand that militancy will rear its head if the BNP comes to power," Khaleda, her arch political rival, said. "But you see that militancy rose during the Awami League regime. They did not arrest any militant. We arrested all of them," she claimed.
The chairperson, however, admitted that her party failed to mount a strong anti-government movement in capital Dhaka. "We could not organise the protests strongly in Dhaka. They open fire every time you hit the street."
But, she claimed, the protests in the other parts of the country were "more intense than they were the Liberation War." She alleged the government torched vehicles during the protests but blamed it on the BNP leaders and activists. She also alleged the government killed 3,000 BNP leaders and activists, abducted 1,200, and shot dead 1,012 in so-called 'crossfire'. ?bdnews24.com