BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturrday said they would launch a movement very soon as the government did not respond to their demand for holding an election contested by all political parties under a non-party administration.
“Peoples back are now on the wall. So, we have to wage strong movement soon by taking people with us. The people want movement, they want to bring change,” she said while addressing a rally of freedom fighters in the city.
She expressed her vow to take to the street taking the people along in the face of “armed might” of the government.The former premier said that their movement demanding a free, fair and neutral poll contested by all the parties would be peaceful, democratic and non-violent.
“The movement will force the illegal and autocratic government to be swept away like house of cards, Inshaallah,” she observed.
Terming the January 5 poll farcical, the BNP chairperson said, they have been demanding free and fair election for quite sometime. “They (government) did not respond to our call to resolve the political problem peacefully. Thus, we have no way to sit idle at home,” she added.
She said the government claimed that they have protected democracy and Constitution of the country but they only protected their power. Khaleda Zia said a level playing field should be created so that an election participated by all political parties could take place.
It cannot be accepted that a particular party will take in the election staying in power and other parties from out of power,” she added. Khaleda said questions have arisen about the roles of leaders of the then Awami League during the war of liberation in 1971.
“They (AL leaders) had taken shelters in India. They had no real patriotism,” she said.
The rally organised by Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddah Dal in observance of the month of victory was held at Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh with Istiaque Aziz Ulfat, president of the organisation, in the chair.
The BNP chairperson called upon the freedom fighters to raise their voices saying the occupiers of power are now following the path of foreign occupation forces.
“Freedom fighters cannot sit idle in such critical juncture of the nation…You have to organise movement. Time has come to organise “lawful rebellion.” We have to complete the preparation in the month of victory,” she said.
Criticising the AL leaders including the Prime Minister for passing derogatory remarks against BNP leadership for their recent comments about Bangabandhu, she said whatever they speak is based on information.
“When they speak based on information and data, they (AL leaders) termed them as spy of Pakistan,” she observed.
Ten veteran freedom fighters were given reception in the function with crests and a cheque for Tk 20,000 (twenty thousand) each in recognition of their contributions during the war of liberation. The freedom fighters are: Mosharraf Hossain, Khurshid Alam Seju Miah, Ziaul Haque Babu, Motiur Rahman Moni, Md Shajahan, Abu Yusuf Howlader, Abdul Aziz, Ramjan Ali, Abul Kalam and Mohon Miah.
Indicating at the ruling Awami League, the BNP chairperson alleged that a particular party is preparing fabricated history of the war of liberation.
“They had failed to perform their due responsibility during the crisis period. They had lived in India by taking shelter there,” she said. Khaleda said that Ziaur Rahman had revolted in the wake of failure of AL leaders.
She said freedom fighters were used as political weapons and for political ends which the BNP detasted.
The former premier said if they are voted to power no freedom fighter would remain out of the list of freedom fighter and measures would be taken to establish them socially and economically.
“We will provide special status for freedom fighters in prisons and try to establish a separate hospital for them, she said.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul islam Alamgir, LDP president Oli Ahmed, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, addressed the function. – Staff Reporter