The government has imposed an “autocratic rule” on the country in the name of democracy, alleged BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday.
“The government has established an unwritten one-party rule Baksal. They pretend to be democratic and often talk about democracy,” he said.
The senior BNP leader was addressing a human chain formed by Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal in front of the capital's Jatiya Press Club, demanding release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The government has been branded as “neo autocrat” by a German-based research institution, said Moyeen Khan, adding that the country's people have to be aware of it.
He said a government pretending to be democratic is more dangerous than an autocratic one.
Moyeen Khan also said BNP wants to restore people's democratic and voting rights the way its founder Ziaur Rahman did by establishing multi-party democracy.
“We must restore democracy after freeing Khaleda Zia from jail.”
He alleged that the government sent Khaleda to jail as part of its plot to “eliminate her party”. But, BNP still remains united as a strong political party.
Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury urged all democratic forces to take to the streets to restore people's rights.
To do so, there is no alternative to waging a strong movement, he added.