Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Government, not BNP, is misdirecting student protest, says Fakhrul

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-08-05 18:45:58 BdST


BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has denied allegations by Awami League leaders and said the government itself is trying to divert the student’s campaign for safer roads. 

He made the remarks at BNP’s central office in Dhaka’s Nayapaltan on Sunday on the eighth straight day of students’ campaign.

The BNP has already expressed its solidarity with the demonstration launched by students following the deaths of two college students in a bus accident. 

Although the BNP has supported the demands, the government has claimed that party is trying to infiltrate the protest and divert it in a different direction.

“The government itself is trying to divert the protest in a different direction,” said Fakhrul.

“They are trying to suppress the strength of democracy and have already attacked people’s rights.”

“We want to say that the BNP strongly believes in democracy and practises it. We have never supported criminals—not in the past, not now,” Fakhrul said.

The BNP leader has expressed deep concern over the attacks on students in Jigatala on Saturday.

“The Awami League’s criminals in helmets attacked the peaceful students with sharp weapons and firearms. When these students attempted to seek help, the police did not come to their aid.”

Fakhrul said the people have lost faith in the government.