The main opposition BNP alleged that the government is conspiring to dissolve democracy by reinstating one-party parliamentary system.
“In 1974, the then Awami League government promulgated an emergency rule after failing to run the country. They are doing the same thing now, and have already enforced ban on public meetings and rallies. They want to reinstate the one-party system and dissolve democracy,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party.
“But tougher movement will be waged to foil their conspiracy and hold the next general elections under a non-partisan interim government,” he added.
Fakhrul came up with the forewarning while addressing a discussion organised in the city on Saturday.
The discussion was arranged to mark the 32nd death anniversary of party founder late president Ziaur Rahman. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was also present on the occasion, but did not made any speech.
While delivering his speech, standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged the government is plotting against BNP and the Zia family in order to destroy them.
“They want to destroy the nationalist force and turn the country into a failed state. This is why they are so afraid of holding an election on a level playing field,” he said.
Moudud Ahmed, another standing committee member, focused on the debate over Tarique Rahman’s stay in London, saying he went there for medical treatment “without giving any undertaking”.
“Incumbent ministers are propagating against him without reading the Supreme Court’s parole order. We want to say clearly that Tarique Rahman will return home and no one can obstruct his return.”
In his speech, BNP Vice-chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka called on the government to stop propagating against Ziaur Rahman and Tarique Rahman, otherwise “there will be dire consequences.”
“Why will Tarique Rahman return now when there is no rule of law in the country?”
The opposition men afterwards threatened “tougher movement” to compel the ruling party to restore caretaker government system.