AL govt liable for US visa restriction: BNP

Thousands of BNP leaders and activists attend a rally in city's Gabtoli area on Wednesday to press home their one-point demand.

Staff Reporter :
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said that Bangladesh is in a ‘terrible’ situation.

Whether the country will have freedom-sovereignty, whether it will have democratic rights or not, or the people will be able to elect their representatives or not-everything depends on the next few days.

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the remarks at the memorial meeting organized on the occasion of the seventh death anniversary of former BNP leader ASM Hannan Shah at Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday.

Earlier, a BNP rally was held in city’s Gabtoli area.

“We are in a dire situation.

The state of the country is terrible.

If we cannot get out of it, the existence of the whole nation will be endangered.

This danger, this crisis, today is not only for the BNP.

This is a crisis for the entire nation,” BNP’s senior leader said.

He said that the Awami League government is responsible for the US visa restriction on Bangladeshi individuals and said that is was not a matter of joy, rather a shame.

‘In this visa policy, our journalists will also be included…Why this nation has to go through this? We are in a very terrible situation.

There are so many people who are very happy.

It’s not matter of joy, it’s a shame,’ the BNP Secretary General said.

Reiterating the BNP’s stance on intensifying its movement, he said, “Those who are struggling should become stronger and expand [our] movement on the streets, engaging with the common people.

Our victory will be assured only when we are fully able to bring the common people to the streets [to join our movement].”

BNP Secretary General once again said that the people of this country will not hold any election under Sheikh Hasina and the other political parties saying the same thing.


He alleged that the ruling Awami League is politically bankrupt and now trying to create a fissure in BNP.

Mentioning the joining two former leaders of BNP in the new party Trinamool BNP, he said, “How politically bankrupt they are.

Now they try to split the party.

The party goes to split, when they understand weak.

Today they want to make trouble by forming a party again with our defected and expelled people.

We are saying very clearly that there will be no benefit by doing such evil acts.”

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “The people of the country have decided.

People want free, participatory and fair elections under an impartial government.

They do not want or accept any alternative.”

BNP Secretary General said that they are discharging their duty as a political party.

“We have been on the streets for almost a year.

Some 22 of our youth leaders have lost their lives in police firing on the streets, cases filed against many leaders and workers, many have gone to jail within this period.

Even after all these they can never suppress us and they can’t,” he said.

Referring the ongoing road march programme, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that people are participating spontaneously in the road marches and don’t want to see this government anymore.

Many pro-BNP minded intellectuals attend television talk shows now as they are threatened if they speak against the government their life will be in danger, he said and alleged that they are threatened from unseen places that their children will be picked up.