The BNP leader said the public would vote against the 'autocratic' government on December 30
The Awami League, along with the chief election commissioner (CEC), is strangling the country's democracy, said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday at separate election campaign rallies in Comilla.
Speaking at the Jatiya Oikya Front's rally at the Redwan Ahmed College grounds in the Chandina upazila, Comilla around 12pm, he said: "The chief election commissioner claimed that they have provided a level playing field for all parties in the upcoming general elections. But we can say for a fact, this balance does not exist all across the country.
“Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder has said ‘there is no level playing field,’ whereas the CEC said ‘it is not true,’ which makes it quite clear that no such field exists.”
"Awami League came into power in 2014 by abolishing the caretaker government. They are trying to do the same. This is completely undemocratic," he added.
"This authoritarian government is using the police, RAB, and the government administration against the BNP and Oikya Front leaders.
“Our members are being harassed, arrested, and attacked everywhere. They are not letting our candidates and supporters campaign peacefully," he added.
The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD- Rab] Secretary General Abdul Malek Ratan was the special guest at the rally. Chandina 20-party alliance coordinator Engineer Mofizul Uddin Bhuiyan presided over the event. Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Dr Redwan Ahmed was the chief speaker, while Jamaat-e-Islami's Chandina unit Ameer AKM Anwar Hossain also shared remarks during the event.
Call for voting revolution to free Khaleda, ‘bring back democracy’
Fakhrul has urged the people to the country for a voting revolution in favour of the “sheaf of paddy” symbol on December 30.
He said: "Cast your votes for the sheaf of paddy to bring democracy back, free Khaleda Zia, and ensure Tarique Rahman's safe homecoming.”
"The public will vote against this autocratic government in the election on December 30.
Through the people's verdict, the country will be liberated from this tyrannical government and will get back on track for democracy," Fakhrul further said.
The BNP secretary general was speaking at another rally at the Shua Gazi Fultali ground in Comilla Sadar South upazila at 7:30pm on Wednesday.
Condemning the speech of Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal that “there will be no BNP after December 30,” Fakhrul said: “Who are you (Minister Kamal) to declare this? This is our land, everybody will be here.
“The people will vote for Monirul Haque Chowdhury on the voting day and outcast you from the Comilla 10 constituency.”
Fakhrul demanded that the Election Commission withdraw the Nangalkot police station OC Nazrul Haque. He accused the OC of arresting people late at night, waking them from their sleep.
The BNP leader further said: “Today, the country is being washed away by tears of the common people. All their dreams have been shattered by Shekih Hasina’s Awami League government in the last 10 years.
“No, the people of this independent country did not want this.”
“We 100% agree with the prime minster and her ministers when they say ‘there has been developments’, yes there has been developments, but not for the people or the country, it is you and your party men who have gained from the developments,” said Fakhrul.
“People do not want such developments; they want their democratic rights,” added Fakhrul.
He also said: “I want to tell those who want to frighten us by attacking and injuring our men. The Pakistan Army even could not stop us in 1971 by their tanks and we have achieved the independence of this country, and neither will you.”
Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique, BNP Comilla 10 candidate and former MP Monirul Haque Chowdhury’s daughter Dr Chowdhury Saima Ferdous, were present at the program, among others.