Branding ruling Awami League as an anti-democratic force, BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan urged people from all walks of life to get united to save democracy by defeating its enemy.“Now democracy is under the grasp of anti-democratic forces…we urge all to get united to beat those against the democracy and restore it in the country,” he said.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while speaking at a milad mahfil on the ground floor of the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
Sramik Dal Dhaka city north unit arranged the programme, marking 15th death anniversary of its ex-president Shahidul Islam Chowdhury Dulal.
He said Awami league not only annihilated democracy by introducing one-party Baksal role in 1975, but also supported Ershad and Moyeenuddin-Fakhruddin to destroy it later.
The BNP leader claimed their party founder Ziaur Rahman ‘revived’ democracy after 1975 while Khaleda restored it in 1991 and 2008 with her ‘uncompromising’ leadership. “So, the history of Awami League is the history of destroying democracy and helping those did it.”
Nazrul said though Awami League this time did not openly destroy democracy as they did it 1975, the party made it moribund with snatching people’s all democratic rights. “Democracy will be obliterated again if we fail to restore it through a movement.”
He alleged the government is trying to first destroy the Zia family and BNP before completely obliterating democracy as BNP is the now only true opposition party in the country.
The BNP leader said their party is paying dearly as it dose not believe in change of power through a peaceful and democratic way, not any other means.
Addressing the programme, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the government has resorted to repressive acts to suppress the democratic forces.
He said now no one in the country has security for lack of democracy and the rule of law. “People are now getting killed, disappeared, raped and tortured regularly for the lack of a representative and democratic government.”
The BNP leader called upon people to put up a strong resistance against the misrule, corruption and repression of the government.