The BNP yesterday called upon its leaders and activists to be active on the streets with a sacrificing mentality to restore democracy and free party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the call at a rally of the party organised to mark BNP’s 41st founding anniversary.
Hundreds of leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies chanted various slogans during the rally seeking Khaleda’s release.
In a brief speech, Fakhrul said the current government had taken a stance against the country’s people.
He said the Awami League wanted to hang onto power by keeping Khaleda in jail and resorting to killing and repressive acts.
“If we want to free Khaleda Zia, ensure the homecoming of Tarique Rahman and restore democracy, we must make sacrifices and be vocal on the streets against the current autocratic and fascist regime,” the BNP leader added.
He said the government will not be able to cling to power for a long time with repressive acts as no autocratic regime could do it in the past.
The BNP secretary general called upon party leaders and activists to end the rally peacefully maintaining discipline.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said they had joined the rally with a heavy heart as their chairperson had been in jail “unlawfully” for the last 18 months.
He said the government took Khaleda to jail with a motive to destroy the BNP and restore one-party Baksal rule. “We would like to tell the government that your all games are over.”