Published:  02:34 AM, 10 September 2019

AL, JP destroy democracy: BNP

AL, JP destroy democracy: BNP

Criticizing the Prime Minister for accusing Khaleda Zia of creating the scope for HM Ershad to grab power in 1982, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said it is the Awami League-led government that has destroyed democracy together with the Jatiya Party.

He came with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing floral wreaths at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal marking the 41st founding anniversary of the BNP.

Fakhrul said, "PM Sheikh Hasina often makes baseless statements in parliament. The fact is that when Ershad usurped power by ousting an elected President, she (Hasina) said she was not unhappy."

"By making alliance with the Jatiya Party, she (Hasina) also later destroyed democracy and snatched people's rights along with Ershad. Ershad was also the 'domestic opposition leader' of Sheikh Hasina's Awami League," he further said.

The BNP leader said now Raushon Ershad has been made the 'domestic opposition' leader following Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad's death.

Taking part in discussions on the condolence motion on late opposition leader HM Ershad and others at the Jatiya Sangsad, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday alleged that Khaleda Zia paved the way for HM Ershad to take over power in 1982 and enjoyed various facilities from the former military ruler. "Sattar (Justice Abdus Sattar) was the acting chairman of BNP.

Though Begum Khaleda Zia didn't join politics at that time, she suddenly made a statement to oust Sattar from the post of chairman. I would like to say Khaleda Zia had created the scope for Ershad to grab power in 1982," she said.

Fakhrul alleged that the current government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail out of its political vengeance.He claimed that Khaleda is very sick but she is not receiving proper treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

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