BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has said people are now ready to resist the government’s blueprint to hold the next election without their party chief Khaleda Zia in the race.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Thursday, he also said a strong wind of mass upsurge has started blowing in the country to dislodge the current “illegal” government.
“It won’t be possible to keep Khaleda Zia out of the election, no matter how many evil designs the government crafts. An election without her [Khaleda’s] participation won’t be acceptable both at home and abroad. People also won’t let it happen,” the top BNP leader added.
Rizvi said it has now become clear to people that the government has sent their party chairperson to jail in a “false politically motivated” case with a motive to leave her out of the election.
He added that: “The government can’t suppress the nationalist forces with false and conspiratorial cases against BNP chairperson. People have already taken to the streets braving all the obstacles protesting Khaleda’s jailing, jolting the government’s foundation.
“That’s why top ministers are making unguarded remarks.”
Sensing a massive electoral debacle, the government is resorting to various plots ahead of the election, he alleged.
The BNP leader said everything, including the law, trial and court, is now “under the control of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as democracy is absent in the country.”
He also said the government has been implicating leaders and followers of the Opposition in “false cases” to suppress its opponents.
Rizvi slated the government for what he said is the failure to check repeated incidents of question paper leakage.
Rizvi, a member of the BNP’s highest policymaking body, National Standing Committee, alleged that the prime minister’s remarks on the question paper leakage defending the education minister will only encourage those involved in such a menace.