Tougher agitation at right time: BNP

BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed has said the party will announce tougher agitation programmes at an appropriate time to mount pressure on the government to restore the caretaker government system.

Addressing a discussion in the city on Friday, the senior BNP leader said the victory of the people must come through our ongoing movement that aimed at protecting the voting rights of the people. “The people have been successful in all the movements in the past including the Language Movement.”

“Restoration of the caretaker government system has now turned into a public demand. They’ll again be successful in this movement. A movement has different levels. An agitation course appropriate for the movement will be announced at an appropriate time… and the agitation will be tougher,” he said.

Bangladesh Democratic Council (BDC) organised the discussion at the National Press Club in observance of the Democracy Killing Day.

BNP has long been observing the Democracy Killing Day, as the then Awami League government had established a one-party rule by ‘killing democracy’ and making the President the head of both government and state through the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution on Jan 25, 1975.

Through the amendment, the media was also brought under the government control. Politicians, journalists and even senior bureaucrats were asked to join the party named the Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (BAKSAL).

Moudud said, “The regime of the incumbent government is worse than the BAKSAL regime. The then government wanted to establish one-party ruling by making the BAKSAL law, but the present regime has no definition.”

The former Law Minister claimed that the government implicated BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in false cases, so that he was not released from jail. “Though he got bail from the High Court, he had been implicated in other cases to ‘harass’ him ‘politically’.”

“Police have confined BNP Joint Secretary General Rurul Kabir Rizvi and Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman in their offices. This reveals that there’s no democracy and rule of law in the country.”

Moudud further claimed that the country’s judiciary was not working independently as the government was meddling with judicial

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