BNP calls for intensifying movement
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday urged the people, especially the youths, to get ready to intensify the movement against the current "fascist regime" by taking over the streets.
"Drawing the attention of the students and youths, I would like to say that we waged a war and liberated the country when we were young…the youths have to wake up once again to liberate the country for ensuring our future safety, prosperity, justice, parity, and social esteem," he said.
Speaking at a huge rally in front of the BNP's central office at Nayapaltan, he said their party has launched a movement to save the people of Bangladesh and protect the country from "misrule", reports UNB.
Fakhrul urged the government to step down immediately and hand over power to a non-party administration.
"The parliament must be dissolved and the Election Commission has to be reconstituted for forming a new government and parliament of people through a credible election."
He said the BNP from August 22 will spread the anti-government movement to villages with programmes like rallies and demonstrations.
BNP's Dhaka south and north city units arranged the rally protesting the latest hike in fuel prices and the power crisis.
Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associated bodies started thronging the venue since 10:00am, blocking both lanes of the VIP road, causing immense suffering to commuters.
Fakhrul said people were facing tough times as prices of essentials, including rice, pulses and edible oil, were going up.
"On the other hand, the electricity crisisis deepening. The ordinary people are the worst affected by the fuel price hike as the prices of all essentials are increasing further."
The BNP leader said the government did not take any step to explore gas only to plunder public money in the name of importing LNG and LPG. "Power tariffs have been increased repeatedly because of the import of gas by their own people."
100 DETAINED FROM BUSES
Police yesterday stopped three buses in the capital's Uttara and detained at least 100 people, said sources.
The detainees were going to join the BNP's rally in Nayapaltan from Gazipur. They were taken to two police stations in Uttara.
Md Morshed Alam, additional deputy commissioner of Uttara Zone, told The Daily Star that police did not arrest anyone from buses.
"We conducted drives. We released all the detainees as we did not find anything suspicious," he added.