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Fall not autocracy in BD not yet complete, says Fakhrul


Dhaka – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday accused the ruling Awami League of hatching conspiracy to kill the country’s democracy by trampling it under its feet.“The fall of the then autocratic government had yet not been completed. Autocratic ruler Ershad is still sustained. Their collaborator Awami League helped them to sustain,” he said while speaking at a discussion meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
The BNP leader reiterated his demand for taking initiative for talks to find out the path for holding an acceptable election.
“There is still time…Please come on and take initiative for talks. I believe that we will be able to find out a path for holding an acceptable election,” he said.
He called upon the youths to get united and work together immediately to force the government to hold the next general elections under a neutral administration and neutral Election Commission.
Only youths can bring about a change. They should compel the government to hold the election under a neutral government and EC. No government tactics will be allowed in this regard, he said.
DUCSU (Dhaka University Central Students Union) of 90 and Sorbodoliya Chhatra Oikya organized the meeting to mark the Democracy Day.
Presided over by the then VP of DUCSU Amanullah Aman, the meeting also addressed, among others, by BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu, BNP Adviser Habibur Rahman Habib, Khairul Kabir Khokan, Mostafizur Rahman Babul, Saifuddin Ahmed Moni, Khandaker Lutfor Rahman, Asadur Rahman Asad, Azizul Bari Helal, Advocate Rafique Sikder, Nazimuddin Alam and Kamruzzaman Raton.
Mirza Alamgir said that the ruling AL is afraid of holding a free and fair election sensing that they have become isolated and they lost their popularity.
Terming the AL a “fascist autocrat” he said, the autocratic ruler Ershad was also not too worst than them. He (Ershad) did not kill people by firing at rally, he said adding that the people consider the AL as a fascist party since the independence.
Accusing the government of harassing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, she said Khaleda would have been the Prime Minister of the country today if she compromises. She did not compromise in the question of democracy and morality, he added.
He claimed that the AL never was democratic party rather they always try to establish their opinion suppressing the others.
Recalling the memory of anti-autocratic movement, Amanullah Aman, a prominent leader of the Anti-Ershad movement, said November 27 was the turning point of their movement as people from all sphere of live had taken to the streets following the killing of Dr Milon on the day.
He regretted that the democracy for that they struggled has now confined and human rights has spoiled undermining their movement and sacrifices of many lives.
Aman alleged that there is conspiracy to keep Khaleda away from the next polls and said if there is a move to take the former premier to the prison they would resist it.
December 6 is observed as Democracy Restoration Day in the country, marking an end to the autocratic rule of HM Ershad in early December of 1990.
In 1982, Ershad seized power in an army coup by ousting the then elected government led by Justice Abdus Sattar. He proclaimed martial law and suspended the Constitution. Ershad declared himself as the Chief Martial Law Administrator and installed a Supreme Court justice as the president. The following year, he took over as president and in 1986, won the presidency in rigged election. – Staff Reporter


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