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Gayeshwar: Take to the streets with 'bamboo sticks'

He alleges that the government is repressing the opposition leaders and activists by ‘influencing’ law enforcers and courts

Update : 04 Oct 2021, 07:04 PM

BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Monday asked their party leaders and activists to prepare for taking to the streets with "bamboo sticks" to ensure the fall of the Awami League government.

"We have to be there on the streets with unclean bamboo as clean bamboo is probably not enough to intensify the movement,” he told a discussion meeting.

Zia Mancha arranged the program at the Jatiya Press Club, marking its 29th founding anniversary. 

The BNP leader said their party leaders and activists must move ahead with a one-point demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina instead of thinking of the strength of the current government.

"I hope Sheikh Hasina would not mind, because, on March 7, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman urged all to take to the streets with sticks and whatever they had, even with brooms.

“If our female leader Bilkis comes up with a broom, this is enough. I do not think much more things are needed,” he added.

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Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, said there is no alternative to a united movement to overthrow the government.   

“Everyone needs to get united now to restore democracy and get rid of fascism. If democracy is not protected, then individual’s freedom, freedom of writing, and freedom of speech will remain at stake. When freedom of expression is obstructed, then something else comes (to power) which people do not like,” he observed.

Stating that all the state institutions of the country have been politicized, the BNP leader said the government is even ‘controlling’ the judiciary like administrative rulers. 

“The current administration does not want to understand that government and state are two different words.”

He said even the minimum attempt to interfere or control the judiciary is a punishable offence. 

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“Morally they cannot do it under any law,” he added.

The BNP leader alleged that ministers used to talk about any sub judicial matters and their remarks are reflected in the verdicts of different cases. 

“It is forbidden to talk about any sub judicial matter. But they are constantly doing it.”

Gayeshwar further alleged that the government is repressing the opposition leaders and activists by "influencing" the law enforcers and the courts.

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