Govt to be compelled to reinstate caretaker
The main opposition BNP yesterday said a tougher movement would be launched to compel the government to reinstate the caretaker government system.
The movement would be effected by uniting the general people under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition and party chief Khaleda Zia.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said this after inaugurating a procession as part of the ongoing anti-government movement in front of party headquarters in Naya Paltan.
"The government will be forced to hold the general elections under the caretaker government. A people's government would be formed through that election," he said.
The BNP leader criticised the government for bringing "false" charges against Tarique Rahman, police assault on opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque and the law and order slide in the country.
He alleged the government is favouring criminals by offering presidential clemency to convicted killers and having a police force that stood aside as six students were killed.
The main opposition on July 19 announced a countrywide demonstration protesting against scrapping of the caretaker government system and deleting of the phrase "absolute trust and faith in Allah" from the constitution.
The procession started from in front of the party office in Naya Paltan and ended in Moghbazar. Hundreds of BNP workers joined the procession with banners, placards and portraits of Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia.
In Moghbazar after the procession ended, some excited party workers rushed towards the law enforcers with bamboos and sticks. The police however chased them away.
A police official was injured in the commotion, while long tailbacks were seen on the roads in and around Moghbazar after the incident.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain was scheduled to address the rally in Moghbazar but had left the procession earlier.
Dhaka City Corporation Mayor and city unit BNP convener Sadeque Hossain Khoka later delivered the closing address.