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12:00 AM, April 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:36 AM, April 06, 2018

The party that fought for democracy has killed it

Says Mirza Fakhrul referring to AL

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said a truly democratic political party cannot destroy democracy.

“I sometimes doubt if the Awami League as a political party is running the country. Who is running the country then? It seems to me that no political party is running the country,” said Mirza Fakhrul.

Talking to reporters at BNP's Nayapaltan headquarters, he also said a political party [ruling Awami League] that had once fought for democracy has killed it.

Fakhrul alleged that the government had failed to ensure the minimum rights of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail. “This is unprecedented in any civilised and democratic country.”

He also said the way the government is obstructing their ailing chairperson's physicians from visiting her in jail, it manifests its unwillingness to allow her to receive proper treatment.

Saying that the 20-party alliance is united, the BNP leader said there is no division within the alliance partners and they are carrying out all programmes jointly.

Terming both the Election Commission and Anti-Corruption Commission subservient to the government, Fakhrul alleged that they are executing the will of the government.

When asked about the greater alliance of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, Fakhrul said, “We are talking with the political parties and we hope that all will come under a single platform for the sake of the country and its democracy.”

People should fight to restore democracy in the country as it is not the responsibility of Khaleda Zia alone, he added.

BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy alleged that the government would not allow Khaleda to come out of jail. “The court has nothing to do because it is being controlled by the government.”

He also alleged that the government has kept Khaleda in jail in political consideration. “So we have to release Khaleda Zia politically. If the government steps down, Khaleda Zia will get out of the jail.”

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