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The Dhaka city unit of BNP organised a rally in front of the party central office at Naya Paltan in the capital yesterday to press home the BNP-led 18-party alliance's demand for restoring the caretaker government system for holding the next general elections. Photo: STAR
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BNP yesterday said the government should quit power immediately for what it said was "people's rejection" of the verdict of the international crimes tribunal.

“The government-formed International Crimes Tribunal [tribunal-2] has delivered its verdict, which the people have rejected. So, the government does not have any moral right to stick to power anymore,” acting secretary general of the main opposition party Mirza Fakhrul Islam Almagir said at a rally in front of the party central office at Naya Paltan in the capital.

Fakhrul said if BNP comes to power again, it will try the war criminals.

The city unit of the party organised the rally to press home the BNP-led 18-party alliance's demand for restoring caretaker government system for holding general elections.

The rally was originally scheduled to be held on February 9 at the same venue under the banner of the 18-party alliance, of which Jamaat-e-Islami is a major component.

On Feb 14, BNP decided to hold the rally alone on February 17 as a number of party leaders expressed the view that if Jamaat leaders addressed the rally in the present situation, it might create a bad impression about BNP.

Fakhrul, also spokesperson of his party, mentioned that the prime minister had vowed to try the war criminals at any cost, and her government formed two tribunals as well as a prosecution team for the trial. “The team has conducted probe into the war crimes allegations. But now people of the country have rejected the tribunal's judgment,” he said.

Addressing the rally, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said, initially the nature of the Projonmo Chattar (Shahbagh) movement against Jamaat-Shibir could not be understood, it is now clear that the movement has turned into “Awami League Chattar” movement.

He went on, “And that's why we are worried. That's why we tell the new generation that this [demand for capital punishment of all war criminals] should not be the only demand. The young generation should also raise its voice for ensuring law and order, holding the next general elections under a caretaker government and protecting democracy.”

Several other leaders of the BNP and its front organisations also spoke at the rally.

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Ugly hypocrisy of BNP has already been established in the country. You guys are traitors of our liberation and shameless in being with notorious barbaric killers Jamaat- Shibir.

: naabaj

Is BNP becoming the clown in town? They al through was against the trial, Khaleda Zia openly said that she will not try any war criminals and now the party that is at least trying to bring them to justice should resign! And BNP thinks that this statement will make them winner. I thought they had some people with brain in that party!!

: Talat Islam


  • Kazi Salim
    Monday, February 18, 2013 04:18 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    This is a shameless demand by an ally of the war criminals. What do you want? The govt should resign and you again will grab power by any means and make those war criminals again ministers and scrap the War Crimes Act and release those arrested Razakars-Al Bodors-Paki Collaborator War Criminals of 1971? Go to the Parliament and express solidarity with the act, just passed in the Parliament to appeal against the war criminals, instead of canvassing and talking like those street vendors. Fakhrul has lied to the people that it would try those war criminals. Then why don't you go to Shahbagh with your leader and express solidarity with the general masses? Don't try to cheat the people with lies and false propagandas. People will not swallow you poisoned tablets like 1971. People will embrace all the verdicts of the ICT.

  • A concerned public
    Monday, February 18, 2013 04:55 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    A new chapter is added to defeat the spirit of Shahbagh youth and strengthen the Jamaat-Shibir cadre to win over the will of the people to resist the Jamaat-Shibir cadre and ban religious politics once for all. This is nothing but a show of strength by the BNP against Shahbagh youth and support the hartal today called by the Jamaat. Shahbagh, just watch, Jamaat, the media, the BNP and the government closely and determine people's action to defeat all anti-people elements by people's will and power, you just need a courageous and honest leadership to achieve your goal.

  • Citizen
    Monday, February 18, 2013 05:20 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Few days back Khaleda said all the war criminals are innocent and should be freed. And now you are saying try those war criminals. And also make sure do the things which bring BNP in power. How of then you see a political party keep changing their position and do a politics of convenience. There should be minimum morality to win general people's vote. Are you doing the right thing?

  • nipon
    Monday, February 18, 2013 07:26 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    BNP has so many brainless politicians.In every word they ask govt. to quit and quit...!!How about to say lets work together for better Bangladesh by throwing away Jamat and Sibir..!But they won't, never.

    I wish BNP to be clever like AL...!

  • m.f.islam
    Monday, February 18, 2013 08:43 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    The rejection of caretaker government by high court has made the last election questionable. The government should have resigned to show respect to the high court verdict and sought re-election under a highly independent election commission.

  • Syed Z Ali
    Monday, February 18, 2013 09:13 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Are you kidding Mr. Fakhrul Islam? I would rather believe in tooth fairy than any words coming out of your mouth.

  • Mohammad Jasim
    Monday, February 18, 2013 11:14 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    People like Moudud,who finds opportunity, always try to confuse people but young generation who are educated can understand the inner meaning of his speech. People will remember him by his words and deeds.





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