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AL destroys Bangladesh economy: BNP

19 March 2023

Staff Reporter  :
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that the Awami League government's main policy is to engage in corruption, and it has turned the country into a failed state.
"The State now needs to be reformed. Just as the country was liberated through the War of Independence, there is a need for a reform to govern the country," he said in a rally in front of the BNP Headquarters in Naya Paltan on Saturday.
The party organised the gathering as part of simultaneous mass movement against the government. BNP also held this rally in 12 major cities across the country, including Dhaka, Chattogram, Rajshahi, and Khulna, demanding the resignation of the government. Mirza Fakhrul said, "Through the movement, Awami League government must be forced to step down from power. After that, through the 10-point demand, the country must be reformed in a new way". Criticising the
 government, he said, "The Awami League is smuggling billions of taka out of the country every day. This government has looted the banking system and shattered the country's economy. About Tk 800 crore has been looted from the country's reserves".
About the spread of corruption everywhere, he said, "Corruption has spread all over the country. Wherever you go, you will find corruption. It's not just limited to the Union Parishad or the courts. Even educational institutions are not spared."
"Millions of taka is embezzled for the job of a peon. It is happening because this government is not a government of the people. They came to power through vote-rigging. The country's courts have also exposed this government's corruption in public".
At a gathering, Mirza Abbas, a member of BNP Standing Committee, said, "The BNP does not want to come to power through force. The BNP wants to come to power through the people's mandate. This government will be forced to step down through the people's movement."
Aman Ullah Aman, the convener for North Dhaka Mahanagar BNP, said that Awami League is now known for vote-rigging. They also rig votes in the court. I want to warn the government to refrain from coming to power through vote-rigging in the future. The government must step down from power. A caretaker government must be formed.
Joynul Abedin Faruque, Advisor to the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, said that the BNP would not participate in any election under the Sheikh Hasina government. The decision will be made through protests on the streets against this government's decision.
BNP's Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said, "Awami League has now turned into a party of fighting. They are behaving like terrorists. We have to resist this Awami League on the streets".
As part of the simultaneous movement, leaders of Gonotontro Mancha at the Paltan Intersection on Saturday said that the government has failed to control and monitor the market of the daily essentials because the prices are being controlled by the syndicate.
"The government cannot control commodity prices. They have no power to do anything about it. The syndicate is controlling the market," President of Nagorik Oikya Mahmudur Rahman Manna said.
In another rally in the capital, Ganoforum President Mustafa Mohsin Montu, said that the purchasing power of the people has gone below the cost of all commodities.
"The common people have completely exhausted their resources. Only a few corrupt elements, smugglers, national-level government officials and employees, political leaders and hoarders are fine," he said.
Secretary General of the Bangladesh People's Party Abdul Kader said that this government claims to have reached the pinnacle of development, but in reality, ordinary people have to stand in lines from four O'clock in the morning to buy things at a slightly lower price.
"This government is responsible for destroying the stock market, election system, and justice system. I demand the establishment of a government by the people through fair elections without delay," he said.

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