Photo: BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaking at a discussion at DRU.
National Desk : BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday urged his party’s young colleagues to take to the streets alongside raising voice on social media against the government.
“The country is passing through a critical time. I would like to tell the youths that it is not enough only to be active on the social media, including Facebook,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP secretary general further said, “You must be vocal on the streets to save the country and politics. We must stand up to realise our rights.”
Jatiya Ganotantrik Party (Jagpa) arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), marking its 38th founding anniversary.
Fakhrul accused the government of carrying out a false campaign to split BNP. “They’re staging various dramas and trying to split our party as they’ve got weak morally and bankrupt politically.”
He, however, warned that the government will be able to neither break BNP nor confuse people spreading lies.
The BNP leader said releasing their party chief Khaleda Zia from jail is BNP’s only goal right now, not anything else. “We’ll discuss other issues after having our chairperson freed from jail.”
He voiced concern as the government allowed setting up of 190 industrial and commercial units in the ecologically critical areas of the Sundarbans over the last few years. “The Sundarbans is a natural shield to protect Bangladesh’s existence. The current government since assuming office gave licences to 190 industrial units near the forest as part of its process to destroy the Sundarbans. We’re deeply worried over it,” Fakhrul said.
He said the government is not budging from its stance on setting up a coal-fired power plant at Rampal near the Sundarbans despite huge opposition against it. “They’re doing it only to hang onto power.”
Referring to the Prime Minister’s recent comment that there is no visible progress in resolving the Rohingya crisis, the BNP leader said the government’s wrong policy is the main cause behind it.