No election without caretaker govt: BNP
Published : Friday, 30 September, 2022 at 8:48 PM Count : 1524
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the next general election would not be allowed to take place in the country without a caretaker government.
He said people of the country could freely exercise their voting rights in the elections held under the caretaker government.
“It was seen in the past that voters were barred from exercising their voting rights by their (ruling party) hoodlums or police in the elections held keeping the Awami League government in power. Or, they did farce by casting votes at night before the election.”
Fakhrul made the remarks at milad mahfil and discussion held at Ghagtia Chala Welfare Ground in Kapasia of Gazipur district in observance of the sixth death anniversary of former party leader ASM Hannan Shah on Friday afternoon.
He said Awami League leaders and activists have understood that they will not be able to come to power again if election is held under a non-partisan and neutral government.
"That is why they are so afraid of a caretaker government. And Awami League will not get more than 30 seats if the general election is held under a caretaker government."
The BNP secretary general said, "We didn't get this country at the mercy of anyone. We didn't liberate the country through war to pave the way for Awami League for resorting to looting.”
Today, people all over the world know that human rights are being violated in Bangladesh, there is no democracy here, said Fakhrul adding that "Three activists of Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal have already been shot dead as the BNP has launched an anti-government movement for ensuring the voting rights of the country's people, price hike of fuel, electricity, gas, daily essentials, and fertilizers. But the current illegal government could not stop our movement."
He further said, "There will be no more call for joining in the movement. The movement that has started will continue. Looting and corruption will not be allowed in the country.....people are starting to wake up, please step down."
Fakhrul asked the government to step down and dissolve the parliament immediately to accommodate the provision of the caretaker government in the constitution.
Recalling the contributions of former BNP standing committee member ASM Hannan Shah, Fakhrul said, "ASM Hannan Shah was a fearless soldier. He has played the role of a true patriotic leader in the critical moments of the party and the country."
Chaired by Gazipur BNP president Fazlul Huque Milon, the discussion was addressed, among others, by BNP joint secretary general Khairul Kabir Khokon, social service affairs secretary Kamruzzaman Ratan, joint organizing secretary Benazir Ahmed Titu; and Hannan Shah’s son Shah Riazul Hannan Riaz.