Awami League with Ershad’s support destroyed democracy: BNP

Pub: Monday, September 9, 2019 6:08 PM   |   Upd: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:38 PM

Sheersha Khobor Dot Com

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday alleged that the prime minister Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League with the support of late former army dictator HM Ershad had destroyed democracy in the country.

Senior leaders of the BNP, addressing separate programmes in Dhaka, marking the 41st founding anniversary of the party’s women wing Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal, termed the government ‘illegal’ and alleged that the prime minister often resorted to lies in the parliament and Jatiya Party co-chairman Rawshan Ershad was a ‘domestic leader in the opposition’ after the death of JP chairman Ershad.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, responding to reporters about his opinion on the PM’s Sunday comment in the parliament that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia paved the way for Ershad to grab power in 1982, said, ‘The prime minister often  tells complete untruth in the parliament which has no factual basis or historical evidence.’

Earlier, Fakhrul along with Mahila Dal leaders and activists placed wreaths and offered prayers at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at capital’s Shere Banglanagar in the morning.

‘The truth is that she (Hasina) had said at Bangladesh-India border that she was not unhappy with Ershad grabbing power after ousting an elected president,’ he said.

‘Later, she along with Ershad destroyed democracy and snatched people’s rights,’ he alleged.

‘She had the habit of aligning with Ershad and made them the opposition party by killing

democracy,’ he said, adding that Ershad was a totally domesticated leader who led the opposition in the parliament.

In the afternoon, addressing a rally organised by Mahila Dal in front of the BNP central office at Naya Paltan as the chief guest, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain protested against PM’s Sunday comment that referred to Zia’s  presidency as illegal and argued that people made Zia

president through election in 1978.

‘Actually’, he said, ‘The present government is illegal as they came to power through an election scheduled for December 30, 2018 which was ‘actually snatched in the dark of the night in December 29, 2018,’ he said.

Presided over by Mahila Dal president Afroza Abbas, the rally was also addressed by BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

The discussion was followed by a colourful procession.


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