Govt's days are numbered: Khaleda

Govt’s days are numbered: Khaleda


Likening the current government with Hitler, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday said it must step aside forthwith and be made accountable to the people of the country.
“Your (govts’) days are numbered, no matter how much efforts you will make to cling to power along with Ershad. I want to equivocally tell you that you won’t be able to hang onto to power for a long time. You have to go…you must go,” she said.Khaleda also warned the government that after quitting power it has to be made accountable to people for its all misdeeds and misrule. “All are made accountable after their departure. We must be accountable to Allah when we will leave this world. The same way, this government will have to be accountable to people after it quits power.”
The former Prime Minister came up with the harsh remarks while addressing the inaugural session of the 7th national council of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal, the BNP’s labour wing, at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.
Reiterating her party’s demand for arranging a fresh national election under a non-party caretaker government, Khaleda said had the current ‘illegal regime had the minimum sense of shame it would have quit and hold an election under a neutral administration.
She accused the government of burying democracy after assuming office through a ‘voter-less’ election and also warned that people are now ready to oust this regime and restore democracy.
Referring to the abduction of Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of green activist Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Khaleda said the government has shown its sense of prudence by releasing Siddique or else it would have to face an oust-government movement.
She lamented that still many BNP leaders, including M Ilias Ali and Chowdhury Alam, remained untraced. “I want to ask the illegal regime to release immediately those whom you still kept confined.
Otherwise, we have all the information about those have been killed and made disappeared. You’re violating human rights and committing crimes against humanity everyday by killing people and making them missing.”
Khaleda expressed deep concern over the growing incidents of forced disappearance and repressive acts ‘by the government’. “No one except those belong to Awami League is now safe in the country as the government has snatched democracy and the rule of law.”
The BNP chief asked the government to stop killing, forced disappearances and using arms against the opposition leaders and activists. “The arms you’re using won’t work for long because one day people will take to the streets and turn the arms to you.”
She urged the government to follow the due democratic and constitutional rules and regulations, and create a congenial atmosphere in the country through talks.
Khaleda claimed that their January-5 pre-election movement was successful as people extended their support to them and boycotted the 10th parliamentary elections responding to their call.
Mentioning that over 300 opposition activists were killed during the movement while many others repressed, harassed and arrested in “false” cases, the BNP chief the blood and scarifies of so many people will not go in vain.
“We want to tell the government still there is time. Shun killing, making people disappeared and repressive acts and quit power.”
She alleged that the government has politicised every institution and administration of the country as it got isolated from people.
The former prime minister warned the government that the politicised administration and police will not remain in favour of Awami League when it will quit power.
She also accused the government of pushing the RMG sector on the brink of ruination due to its wrong polices, mismanagement and politicisation.
Referring to the Rana Plaza collapse, Khaleda claimed that the victims of the disaster were not duly given compensation though the government received huge donation from home and abroad.
Khaleda said though BNP leaders are going through serious ordeal in jails, Rana Plaza owner Shoel Rana is living a comparable life in prison as he belongs to Awami League. “The government didn’t take any action against the Rana Plaza owner. This guy is passing a cosy life in jail.”
Khaleda claimed that the industrial sector faced serious setback in the last five years as no new industry was set up and no local or foreign investment was made while many factories were shut due to the government’s wrong polices and extortion by the ruling party men.“
Referring to her party’s long-march programme towards the Teesta Barrage in Nilphamari demanding due share of the river water, Khaleda said most rivers in Bangladesh losing their flows and many are drying up due to setting up of dams by India. “We must raise our voice and wage a movement for ensuring our fair share of water and save our rivers.”
Claiming BNP a party of frontline freedom fighters, Khaleda said her party, if voted to power in the future, will restore democracy, the rule of law, and people’s basic rights and take the country forward upholding the spirit of the Liberation War.
Khaleda said like Sramik Dal all other units of her party and associate bodies will be reorganised with young and new leadership to bring dynamism in the party.
Nearly 1,800 councillors have taken part in the council who will elect new leadership of the BNP labour wing on Sunday.
Earlier on her arrival at the council venue at noon, Khaleda inaugurated the two-day programme by hoisting the national flag and releasing a pigeon in the air.
Chaired by Sramik Dal president and BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, the programme was addressed, among others, by BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and Sramik Dal general secretary Jafrul Hasan. – UNB


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