News Desk: Leaders of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party said on Saturday that they were preparing for an all-out movement to oust the ruling Awami League from power, not for joining any polls to be held under it.
They came up with the remarks while addressing a protest rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka.
Juba Dal Dhaka city’s north and south units organised the rally protesting at the killing of Jashore Juba Dal senior vice-president Badiuzzaman Dhwani.
Mentioning that BNP would not participate in any election under any partisan government or by keeping Awami League in power, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said that they were preparing only to overthrow the ruling party.
He said that BNP took a clear decision about not participating in any polls under this government.
About Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s remarks that BNP was a fallen party, Abbas said that one, who gave an undertaking that he would not do politics again while in jail, was saying BNP was a fallen party.
‘If BNP is a fallen party why you are so afraid of us? Why do not you want to allow BNP to hold meetings, processions and rallies?’ Abbas asked.
Abbas also urged the government to step down and pave the way for fair polls under a non-party neutral government.
Another BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said that his party was now making a ‘manifesto’ to oust AL from power.
He said that AL would face a worse situation than Sri Lanka, where the government collapsed due to its misrule.
BNP leaders Abdus Salam, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Khairul Kabir Khokon, Juba Dal leaders Saiful Alam Nirab, Mamun Hasan and Abdul Monayem spoke among others on the occasion.
They held the government responsible for the killing of Dhwani, who was hacked to death by unidentified assailants on July 12 in Jashore town.
Hundreds of Juba Dal leaders and activists joined the rally blocking the road for more than one hour.
The youth front of the BNP also organised protest rallies in different districts of the country on the day.