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AL, democracy can’t go together: Fakhrul

Edit Date:7/9/2011 12:00:00 AM

 Staff Correspondent

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday alleged that the ruling Awami League was 'exploiting all the existing means to wipe out nationalist forces to establish one-party rule.'

'The government has worked out a design to destroy nationalist forces in the country and as part of the design, the government is making ill efforts to assassin the character of family of Ziaur Rahman,' the BNP's acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul said at a press conference at the party's central office at Naya Paltan.   

The BNP spokesperson alleged that the government was filing cases, in addition to reviving old ones, against Tarique Rahman only to 'destroy the nationalist forces in the country.'

'Khaleda Zia and Tarique are the main obstacles to the establishment of one-party rule in the country and this is why the Awami League has resorted to such character assassination,' he alleged.

He also accused a few media houses of spearheading a smear campaign against Tarique and the Zia family.

Mirza Fakhrul said,

'The Awami League and democracy can never go together.'

'The Awami League has strangled democracy by bringing about the 15th amendment to the constitution to establish one-party rule ignoring people's expectations and aspirations,' he added.

Terming the ninth parliament 'semi-BKSAL,' he said, 'The country is passing through the most difficult time in its history.'

In reply to a question about whether the opposition has found any rationale for keeping the party lawmakers' membership of the 'semi-BKSAL parliament,' Fakhrul said, 'The party standing committee will make a decision in this regard.'

As for today's half-day general strike called by the national committee to protect oil, gas, mineral resources, power and ports, he said, 'There is no question of extending support for the general strike as we are yet to know of the details of the deal. We must have the document before making any comment. We cannot make irresponsible comments before getting to know of the details of the deal.'

'Our stand is very much clear that every deal should be in the interest of the country. People are yet to know whether the deal has been signed upholding the interest of the country as the government did not disclose the details.'

'We will be able to

know whether it is pro-people only when the government makes it public,' he added.

When his attention was drawn to the claim of the national committee that the deal was done going against the country's interests, he said, 'It is their stand.'

BNP vice-chairman Abdullah Al Noman and joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among those, attended.


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