Govt becomes afraid of people due to lack of popularity: Nazrul
Published : Thursday, 14 January, 2021 at 8:19 PM Count : 145
BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan has said the government has become afraid of people due to lack of popularity.
“The government has become afraid of voters, political parties and people because they have lost popularity. They know if there is a free, fair and impartial general election, they will not win at all. This is not of our statement but of their leaders. They say—there will be no place to escape etc. etc,” he said while speaking at a discussion at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Thursday.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance arranged the discussion commemorating the death of its allies Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam former general secretary Noor Hossain Kasemi and Muslim League president AHM Quamruzzaman Khan.
Nazrul said, “We fought during the War of Liberation with high hopes, accepting sacrifices. This year we will celebrate the golden jubilee. But the golden crop of the war is democracy which doesn't exist in Bangladesh now. The vehicle of democracy is election. If the election process is not appropriate, there is no democracy at all in a country.”
He further said, “We all know that once there was an election held without candidates (opposition). There were no candidates in 153, out of 300 seats. And, once again, another election was held at night before the voting. Why is this?”
Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Miah Golam Parwar, Jatiya Party (Kazi Zafar) secretary general Mostafa Jamal Haider, Kalyan Party chairman Major General (Retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim and Bangladesh Labour Party leader Dr Mostafizur Rahman Iran, among others, took part in the discussion.