Autocratic president Hussain Mohammad Ershad was laid to rest with state honours and dignity, while Khaleda Zia -- who led movements for democracy -- is passing her days in jail for false cases filed against her, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam told a Barishal rally yesterday.
The rally was held at Hemayet Uddin Eidgah field in the city, where hundreds of BNP leaders and activists of upazila, district, municipality and city levels joined peacefully and without any hindrance.
“The country has become a failed state now, where rape, murder, abduction, corruption and disappearance are daily affairs; the government has robbed people of their voting rights to assume power using state machinery,” he alleged.
“As the judiciary of the country is not independent, we cannot expect fair judgement for our leader Begum Khaleda Zia. We have to release our party chief from jail through political movements across the country, which has begun today from Barishal,” he said.
“Form a new Election Commission removing the present unsuccessful one, release Begum [Khaleda] Zia, then sit with all political parties to promptly hold fresh national elections; otherwise, you will face a tough time, and the history of the country will not forgive you,”he said addressing the government.
Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, joint secretary of BNP central committee and also president of Barishal city unit, chaired the rally, where central leaders of the party Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed, Selima Rahman, Shajahan Omar and others also spoke.