BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said prices of commodities in the country are now beyond the buying capacity of the masses, and corruption and inefficiency of the government as well as traders patronised by it are behind it.
“Not only onion, prices of all commodities have shot up. Farmers, however, are not getting fair prices of their crops. Failure of the government is the main reason behind price hike of essentials,” he alleged.
“There is no democracy in the country. People have no rights. This government was not elected by the votes of the people. They are not giving opportunity for anyone to raise their voice,” he said.
Fakhrul also said, “Begum Khaleda Zia languishes in jail and we’ll remain on the streets to protest for her release. We believe, the government will be forced by a people’s movement to release our leader.”
Fakhrul was talking to journalists after placing wreath at the grave of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani at Santosh in Tangail on the occasion of the 43rd death anniversary of the legendary political leader.
Fakhrul said Bhasani dedicated his entire life to establishing the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden. He was not in politics for power.
Among others, BNP’s central vice-chairmen Abdullah Al Noman and Shamsuzzaman Dudu and organising secretary Fazlul Haque Milon accompanied Fakhrul.