BNP to mark Dec 30 as ‘Democracy Killing Day’

Welcomes new Awami League committee

Tapos Kanti Das | Published: 23:55, Dec 21,2019 | Updated: 23:56, Dec 21,2019


BNP leaders attend a standing committee meeting at its chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday said that they would observe December 30 as ‘Democracy Killing Day’ denouncing the December 30, 2018 general election that witnessed widespread rigging, ousting BNP’s polling agents from polling centres and violence.

‘We think that the shameful national election of December 30, 2018 is a disgraceful chapter of Bangladesh’s political history. We have decided to observe the day as the “Democracy Killing Day” as rights of the country’s people were snatched on the day,’ BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Saturday evening after a meeting of the party’s  standing committee at the party chairperson’s office at capital’s Gulshan.

He said that the BNP, BNP-led alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front will observe the day with due importance and will take programmes by consulting each other.

Ahead of the December 30, 2018 elections, a number of opposition political parties including BNP, Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Krishak Sramik Janata League and Nagarik Oikya as well as eminent citizens formed JOF under the leadership of jurist and Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain.

Replying to reporters for his comments on new committee of Awami League through the party’s 21st national council session, Fakhrul welcomed the leaders of the new central committee of AL and expected that the new leaders would forget the party’s previous misdeeds and would give back people’s rights to vote by arranging a new election under a neutral government and a new election commission.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader were re-elected as the president and general secretary of AL.

He said that the AL, a historical political party of the country, had their role in building the nation, achieving the country’s independence and democratic struggles in the past but, unfortunately, democracy was killed repeatedly in the hands of AL.

‘In 1975, AL had formed Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League and in past one decade they had been implementing their conspiracy to impose a one-party rule in a planned way,’ he said.

The BNP leader said that they had decided to celebrate the golden jubilee of the country’s independence next year and formed a sub-committee led by party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharrof Hossain and the committee would observe the golden jubilee round the year with due honour.

The members of the sub-committee are standing committee members – Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Selima Rahman, he said.

The BNP leader said that the standing committee expressed concern over the deteriorating health condition of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia and demanded her immediate release.

He said that they had decided to organise an effective movement for Khaleda’s release.

Fakhrul said that the party would observe the party founder Ziaur Rahman’s birthday on January 19, 2020 with due honour.

He said that they would give reaction on the speech made in Indian parliament involving Bangladesh and the BNP on the issue of Indian Citizens Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens at a press conference today afternoon.

Prior to passing the Citizens Amendment Bill, Indian home minister and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah in their parliament had said that the religious minorities were oppressed during BNP rule.

Fakhrul said that BNP would send letters of thanks to Gambia for lodging case with International Court of Justice over Rohingya genocide in Mayanmar and to Canada and Netherlands for helping Gambia.

The hearing in the case began in the ICJ on December 10 and ended on December 12.

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