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BNP: Initiate dialogue or face movement

  • Published at 08:36 am October 13th, 2016

The BNP has accused the government of trying to establish monarchy by annihilating democracy and people's rights. The party, which boycotted the 2014 elections along with its allies, has warned of waging a tougher movement if any negation is not made through talks over holding the next general election in a free and fair manner, reports UNB. "On this day [10th Muharram], a group of people carried out a tragic incident at Karbala by killing a huge number of people to establish monarchic rule. Now efforts are on to establish a monarchy in Bangladesh," BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said on Wednesday at a milad mahfil arranged to mark the holy Ashura at its Nayapaltan central office. Dudu urged his party colleagues to take lessons from the teaching of Ashura to put up a resistance against injustice and misrule. "The message of Ashura is to fight against unfairness. The people of Bangladesh struggled against injustice time and again." [caption id="attachment_21703" align="alignleft" width="300"]File photo: Shamsuzzaman Dudu File photo: Shamsuzzaman Dudu[/caption] Also the party's spokesperson, Dudu said the country's people had long been living in a suffocating situation losing democracy, the spirit of the Liberation War and their all rights, including voting one. He said that their party was still trying to reach an understanding with the government through discussions to make the next election fair neutral and acceptable. The BNP leader, however, warned: "If it is necessary to take to the streets, we will do it with a fresh vigour under the leadership of our leader Khaleda Zia as we did in the past." He alleged that the government was trying to relocate BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's grave from parliament as part of its move to remove his name from history. "We want to clearly state that removing Zia's grave is tantamount to relocating the country's independence and democracy," the BNP leader added.