BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia on Monday night warned the current Awami League-led government that plans to hold the next general elections while remaining in office, will be resisted.
The former prime minister claimed the people of the country are ready to respond to the “corrupt” and “looting” government through ballots.
“We want to make it clear, that no one will be allowed to hold the next elections while in power, and obviously the government has to hold the next elections under a non-partisan government,” she said on Monday night when some BNP leaders, recently released from the jail, met her at her Gulshan office.
Regarding the proposed budget, Khaleda said: “The government has proposed a big budget. We know this budget will only assist looters.”
She alleged that the country’s economy is at stake, due to the current government’s corruption.
“Export and import have decreased. Foreign investment has decreased and even local investors are not investing in the country. The government has lead the country to bankruptcy.”
Branding the incumbent government as “autocratic, wearing the veil of democracy,” Khaleda said: “Not only opposition men but also innocent people of the country, are victims of the government’s repression, killing, and abduction.”
The BNP chief said people of the country are waiting to get rid of the government and respond bitterly to its misdeeds and misrule.
“I want to say to the government that you will not stay in office forever. This government is not the last government. Your time has come. Think of the future and find the path of democracy.”
“We will not do anything. We do not practice politics of vengeance. You have to account for your misdeeds. People of the country will not leave you unpunished.”
Khaleda asked the rank and file of the party to come forward, setting aside their fear.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, and other senior leaders who were detained, were also presented at the programme.