Dhaka, Jan 8: BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday admitted that the party had made many mistakes during its past movements.
“We have many mistakes as we are in the opposition for long time. May be we have not been able to achieve expected successes,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.
The BNP leader argued that every movement has its ups and down and said it is a sign of hope that people have awaken and now the need of the hour is to have national unity.
He called upon the people to get united for the sake of democracy and national interests by sinking all the differences and contradictions.
Amardesh Family organised the meeting to mark 1,000 days of closure of Dainik Amardesh and the arrest of its acting editor Mahmudur Rahman.
Presided over by former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr Emajuddin Ahmed, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by columnist Farhad Mazhar, founder trustee of Gonoshasthaya Kendra Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, journalist Shafik Rehman and acting convener of Sommilito Peshajibi Parishad Ruhul Amin Gazi.
Mirza Fakhrul regretted that the journalists community has become divided which is benefiting the government more then the journalists.
“Because of this weakness the journalists are also unable to speak for themselves. It is sad for the nation,” he added.
He said not only the journalist community, but the government has split the entire nation.
The BNP acting secretary general said the country and people are passing through a critical juncture.
“All rights of people including speaking, writing and casting ballots have been snatched. So, national unity has become imperative to restore the democracy and the rights of people,” he said.
He demanded the release of all political prisoners and journalists including Shawkat Mahmud, Mahmudur Rahman, Dr Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain and MK Anwar.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at party central office, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed accused the Anti-Corruption Commission of hatching new conspiracies against party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in the name of investigating his wealth.
He termed the ACC as a poisonous snake saying that it was biting thousands of BNP leaders and activists at the instance of the government.