BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday urged their party leaders and activists to get ready to take to the streets.
"Time is running out fast. We’ve to organise ourselves in no time. We must take to the streets together with people fast,” he told a discussion meeting.
The BNP leader also said the existence of Bangladesh will be at stake if the current ‘atrocious’ government stays in power for a longer period. “Bangladesh will become a failed state if they remain in power anymore.”
BNP arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking the Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day, reports UNB.
Fakhrul called upon the people of all walks of life to wage a fierce movement being imbued with the spirit of the Language Movement of 1952 and the 1971 Liberation War to restore their voting rights by ensuring the next polls under a non-party neutral government.
He also said there is no alternative to holding the next national election under a non-party government to overcome the country’s political crisis.
“We need to be more united to get out of the current crisis. We’ve to forge unity with all the political parties to wage a strong mass movement. Through this mass movement, we’ll be able to defeat them (AL) and establish a people's government,” the BNP leader said.
Paying deep homage to the memory of the language martyrs, Fakhrul said the Language Movement was the first foundation of building the Bangalee nation.
He also said Bangladesh was liberated in 1971 with the spirit and aspiration of the Language Movement to build an independent, healthy, democratic free society. “But that spirit and aspiration have been destroyed now by Awami League.”
The BNP leader alleged that the Awami League government is deliberately destroying the distinct entity and identity of Bangladesh. “It has now turned Bangladesh into a truly subservient state.”
He said the current government has destroyed the country’s democratic and electoral system by snatching people’s voting and other basic rights. “They’ve turned the entire country into a den of plundering. They’ve destroyed the education system and the health sector and turned the economy into a looting one.”
Fakhrul also accused the government of harassing BNP leaders and activists again with ‘false’ and ‘fictitious’ cases.