Bnp threatens to step up agitation
Urging all to participate in Khaleda Zia's mass contact programme on Wednesday, BNP leaders yesterday said their ongoing agitation will gradually get tougher to force the government to restore the caretaker government system.
â€œLooters and corrupts are now running the country. Hundreds of crores of taka has already been siphoned off. Incidents of disappearance of political activists are increasing day by day and the country has turned into a valley of death," BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam told a protest rally in the capital's Nayapaltan.
There was no example of any previous political government ever arresting a secretary general of a major political party, but the incumbent government has set the example by rounding up Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, he added. "On December 26, people will give the government a fitting reply."
The BNP leader urged the government to restore the caretaker government system and reiterated the threat to prevent any election in the country without a polls-time caretaker government.
Tariqul also blasted the government for the Hall-Mark and share market scams and â€œlootingâ€ about Tk 24,000 crore in the name of setting up quick rental power plants. "The government has to answer for all the corruption soon."
Addressing the rally, BNP standing committee member Goyeswar Chandra Roy said it has no alternative but to make the movement a success. "The government can file cases one after the other against us, but we won't go to the court. We won't compromise on our agitation and we must win at any cost."
BNP leaders Rafiqul Islam Mia, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Abdullah Al Noman, Zainul Abdin Farroque, Jamaat leaders Abdullah Mohammad Taher and Hamidur Rahman Azad MP, spoke, among others.
The Dhaka city unit of the BNP-led 18-party alliance organised the rally as part of its mass demonstration programme.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia during her mass contact in the capital on Wednesday will address at least five roadside rallies in different areas.