BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday claimed that their party is now much stronger and more united than in the past after their chairperson Khaleda Zia was put in jail.
"They (the government) thought that the BNP would get split... We would like to say our party did not face any split, but it got even stronger," he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP second-in-command further said: "Our young leader and senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has taken the charge of party as its acting chairman according to our constitution in absence of chairperson. We all have now become united, and we are running the party under his leadership. BNP is now more united and much stronger than ever."
The BNP organized the program at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka, marking Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.
Mentioning that the nation is passing through a serious critical time, Fakhrul said their party has been on a struggle not only for its own interest and for freeing Khaleda from jail, but also for protecting “the country and its sovereignty and restoring democracy.”
He alleged that there is hardly any BNP leader from the top brass to the grassroots level, who is not facing “politically motivated false” cases. "This situation can't continue in a democratic country. We must bring a positive change in it."
The top BNP leader called on his party men not to fall into the trap of the government and suggested refraining from responding to any provocation from the ruling party.
"We all will remain united, free our leader Khaleda Zia, and restore democracy through a democratic movement," he said.