AL wants to cling to power permanently: Fakhrul
Published : Thursday, 14 October, 2021 at 5:37 PM Count : 253
Responding to Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader’s remarks that ‘BNP is obstructing democracy,’ BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the essence of their democracy is that they (Awami League) want to cling to power permanently.
He made the remarks at a discussion and doa mahfil held at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in Dhaka on Thursday marking the 11th founding anniversary of Jatiyatabadi Somobai Dal.
Regarding the closure of political parties’ meetings at Nationla Press Club, Mirza Fakhrul said, “There was a conference of the leaders and activists of the 1990 movement at Press Club that day where our acting chairman gave a speech virtually as the chief guest. This they could not tolerate. From then we observe that Obaidul Quader, Information Minister, Awami League leaders start saying, it is not right, it is illegal.”
“Why are you so scared brothers? Why are you afraid of a speech which delivered from eight thousand miles away? His (Tarique Rahman) remarks cannot be publicized, his picture cannot be shown, he cannot be allowed to speak, why?”
He further said, “I also said yesterday, they (AL) are always having nightmares that BNP will come to power at anytime. They fear during the day realizing that they may be losing their power. Democracy cannot run smoothly in a such condition of the country.”
About untoward incident at the Puja Mandap in Cumilla, Fakhrul said Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony, adding that “We have been living here peacefully for thousands of years. This has been done to divert attention from the original place.”
“What is the crisis in my country? Democracy is our crisis. No right to speak. Our crisis is not to allow us to stand still, human rights have been taken away. A terrible fascist monster is ruling over us.”
BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Shamsur Rahman, Somobai Dal president Nur Afroz Begum, and BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu, among others, were present.