AL killed democracy repeatedly: Fakhrul

Senior Staff Reporter Published: 19 March 2023, 09:00 PM | Updated: 19 March 2023, 09:58 PM
AL killed democracy repeatedly: Fakhrul

Mentioning that Awami League killed democracy repeatedly, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia restored it.

He made the remark in a discussion meeting titled 'Emerge of authoritarianism and endangered democracy' at Motijheel in capital Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.

Mirza Fakhrul said this state was achieved through a bloody battle but today its existence and political existence are imperiled. 

"Cause of the endangerment is that the commitments we gave people during Liberation War 1971, Awami League in guise brought one-party rule for the second time by violating all the pledges," he said.

"Democracy has, again and again, been killed in their (Awami League) hands, and Ziaur Rahman and Begum Khaleda Zia restored it," he added.

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Mirza Fakhrul also said police pick up BNP leaders and activists without warrants and cases and show them arrested in sabotage, explosion, etc. cases as there is no rule of law in the country.

They file cases against some named people who are BNP men of the areas concerned and a large of number unknown ones. In Panchagarh, police sued around 16,000 unknown people, he said.

As a result of filing cases against unknowns, people leave their homes in fear, and a big business starts around the lawsuits which every victim knows and experiences, he added.

The BNP secretary general reiterated that the current government must hand over power to a caretaker government and form a new election commission.

He also said the responsibility of resolving today's crisis is not only of BNP but of all political parties for saving the country and democracy and establishing a free society.