Awami League government has completely destroyed the electoral system, the veteran politician claims
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday vowed to force the ruling Awami League government to step down through a united movement.
He made the remarks at a protest rally in front of the National Press Club as part of the observation of "Democracy Killing Day" marking the alleged "vote robbery" on the eve of the 11th parliamentary election in 2018.
Mirza Fakhrul said the government had staged the "farcical" election using state machinery.
"A one-party government has been formed. The politics of looting has started in Bangladesh. We want to get rid of it," he said.
He also noted that the Awami League government has completely destroyed the electoral system.
The veteran politician said the ruling party wants an autocratic system although they pretend to be a democratic one.
"We have fought for democracy. We will bring back democracy. Therefore, we will bring people's government by uprooting this illegitimate government through a united movement," he said.
Criticising the Election Commission, the BNP spokesperson said a neutral election is not possible under its supervision.
"We have to force elections under a neutral government. The government of the people must be established through a neutral election," he added.
He also expressed doubts about Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and said, "If you vote in one place in EVM, it is registered for another candidate."
Fakhrul also alleged that the BNP leaders and activists were prevented from coming to the protest rally.
Dhaka Metropolitan North and South BNP jointly organised the programme. BNP Central Joint Secretary General Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohail presided over the event.
Among others, Habibur Rahman Habib, advisor to the BNP chairperson, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, joint secretary general, Mir Sarfat Ali Sapu, volunteer affairs secretary, Abdul Qadir Bhuiyan Jewel, general secretary of Swechchasebak Dal, Kazi Abul Baar, general secretary of Dhaka Metropolitan BNP and Leaders and activists of different levels of the party were present.