BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘selfie’ with the US President will not help her government to hang onto power.
“You (ruling party) are so bankrupt and helpless that you have become exited after seeing a selfie with Biden (US President). You’re now canvassing you have won,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion meeting, the BNP leader said the people of Bangladesh will win through voting. “Take steps for conducting that voting properly. Otherwise, no Biden and selfie can protect you. It’s now very clear.”
He said the country’s people will not cast their votes for Awami League if a free and fair election is held. “The people will never forgive you and you won’t be able to stay in power.”
Saifur Rahman Smriti Parishad arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), marking the 14th death anniversary of late BNP leader and former finance minister M Saifur Rahman.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s selfie with US President Joe Biden at the G-20 summit in New Delhi went viral on social media.
Fakhrul bemoaned that it is unfortunate for the nation that people are talking about a light issue like selfie instead of focusing on the basic problems.
“Obaidul Quader (general secretary of Awami League) said what will Fakhrul say now? I suggest him to walk around with a photo of this selfie tied around your neck. It’ll help you a lot to demonstrate that America’s Biden is with you,” he said.
The BNP leader recalled that at her press conference a few days back the Prime Minister alleged that America was trying to remove her government from power for not giving it the St. Martin Island.
“What do we understand now by seeing this (selfie)? Have you given the Saint Martin Island?” he questioned the government.
Fakhrul said the United States did not withdraw the sanctions and change the visa policy for Bangladesh after its president’s selfie with Sheikh Hasina. “So speak thoughtfully. You do not think about the words you utter.”
He said President Biden or America is a pro-democratic force and they have said very clearly that they want to see a free, fair and impartial election in Bangladesh.
“They (America) said they want to see a good and inclusive election here which will be acceptable to all. It’s not just America, the entire democratic world is saying so. We value it. That doesn’t mean we only care about that. We value the opinion of our people very much,” the BNP leader said.
He said the country’s people have also clearly sent out a message to the government to quit immediately by ending its misrule and repressions.
Fakhrul called upon the current regime to step down and dissolve parliament by handing over power to non-party administration, paving the way for holding a credible national election and establishing a pro-people government.