Dhaka, Jan 25: The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies on Wednesday announced that the party would hold rallies in all divisional cities for February 4 to press home their 10-point demand, including holding the next general election under a caretaker government.
The announcement came from separate rallies of the political parties and alliances to mark the ‘Democracy Killing Day’ in Dhaka.
BNP organised a rally in front of their Nayapaltan central office on Wednesday to restore democracy, where the party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul made the call for the divisional rallies.
Mirza Fakhrul said, “I am announcing the next programme to press forward out 10-points demand which includes stopping this Awami terrorism, repression and torture of the government, demanding the unconditional release of activists, reducing the price of electricity and daily commodities. Programmes will also be taken up in Dhaka city which will be announced later.”
Criticising the simultaneous programme of Awami League, the BNP secretary general said, “Whenever we hold a programme, Awami League holds a counter program. They lack confidence so much. Whatever might happen if BNP holds a programme! Fearing this they hold counter-programmes.”
When the question of presidential elections was raised, Fakhrul said, “Which president? Can he do anything? Can he overrule the prime minister? That is why we have brought balance to the power of the president.”
Fakhrul said, “This government has taken away our rights in a very planned and conscious way. Made a joke in an election. Democracy has been killed by the hands of the Awami League government. Baksal has been established.
“The freedom of the people of the country has been taken away. Newspapers of the country are being closed down.”
As part of the simultaneous movement against the current government, BNP organised the rally with the participation of a huge number of leaders and activists of the party and its associated bodies.
The organisers said that the programme was meant for registering a protest against the introduction of one-party Baksal rule by the Awami League on this day in 1975, the rise in the prices of power and gas and mounting pressure on the government to accept their 10-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party caretaker government.
Besides BNP, other like-minded opposition parties, alliances and organisations also observed a similar programme in Dhaka and other divisional cities and district towns on Wednesday as part of the simultaneous movement to oust the current government.
Of them, Ganatantra Mancha, Ganatantrik Bam Oikya and Jatiyatabadi Samamona Jote held separate rallies in front of the Jatiya Press Club while the 12-Party Alliance near Bijoy Nagar Water Tank while Jatiyatabadi Samamona Jote in front of the Jatiya Press at and LDP at FDC Crossing.
They also announced rally in the divisional cities for February 4.
It was the fourth programme of the simultaneous movement after the mass procession on December 30, sit-in on January 11 and rally and procession on January 16.