BNP senior leader Abdullah Al Noman on Wednesday said a situation like that of the 90s will have to be created again to ensure the fall of the current government.
“Over one lakh people gathered even three days before Ershad’s fall when he went to inaugurate a bridge. No one could understand at that time that he would be bowed out…Ershad himself later asked Moudud (Ahmed) to take charge as the acting president,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference, the BNP leader further said, “Moudud handed over power to then Chief Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed. All the formalities were completed within a few hours as they tried to escape in the face of a movement. Such a situation will have to be created now.”
Bangladesh Youth Forum arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and the withdrawal of a case filed against three BNP leaders on charge of instigating students during their movement seeking safe roads.
Noman, a BNP vice chairman, said the student movement was apolitical one, but all, including BNP and Awami League, supported it.
“When we extended support to it, they (govt) considered it a provocation. But when the Prime Minister and her ministers voiced their support, they call it assistance. We would like to say we didn’t instigate them as we only supported them,” he added.
The BNP leader criticised the government for filing a case against their party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi with what he said a ‘false’’ allegation of instigating the students.
Noman demanded the government immediately withdraw the case against the BNP leaders.He also urged the government to release their party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and ensure better treatment of her.