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Fakhrul: Awami League is exploiting people

BNP is in discussions with opposition parties to wage a united movement, he says 

Update : 09 Sep 2021, 07:56 PM

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said people will never forgive the Awami League as it has become a “repressive” political party.

“The Awami League is exploiting the country and its people in collaboration with some individuals and bureaucrats,” he said.

Talking to journalists at his Kalibari residence in Thakurgaon, the BNP leader said the Awami League, which had once struggled for establishing the people’s rights and democracy, is now repressing the people and snatching their rights.

He said the ruling party leaders are now indulging in widespread corruption, deviating from the party’s old tradition and stance on democracy since it has got isolated from people. “Now it has no relation with the people’s hopes and aspirations.”

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“Bureaucrats now own assets worth crores of taka. A police inspector has 18 houses in Dhaka city alongside having more houses abroad. If a police officer can amass such wealth, then you think about the condition of the entire system,” the BNP leader said.

“Now people are not getting justice. They are being deprived of their rights. But Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader regularly says many things only to appease his leaders,” he observed.

Fakhrul said his party has only one demand — arranging a credible election under a neutral government and an impartial Election Commission.

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He said his party is in negotiations with the opposition parties to wage a united movement to ensure the fall of the current government and establish a pro-people government. “We are taking preparations for that movement.”

Replying to a question about the BNP’s position on the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, Fakhrul said it is an internal matter of Afghanistan. “Afghanistan will run the way its people want. But I would like to say one thing that we do not support any fundamentalism, militancy and extremism.”

The BNP leader said his party hopes that whichever government comes to Afghanistan, it will fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people and ensure their rights and work for their welfare.

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