BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their party's ongoing movement to oust the government is going towards the final stage at a rapid pace.
Speaking at a discussion, he also said their movement has already gained success as the global community is now advocating for a credible election and the restoration of democracy and the voting rights of people.
"The movement that the people of Bangladesh have started for the last few years to bring back democracy is going towards its final stage at a fast pace," the BNP leader said, UNB reports.
He said, "17 people have already sacrificed their blood on the streets while lakhs of people have been falsely implicated in false cases and many others have been subjected to enforced disappearance and killing, but people have continued their struggle for democracy."
BNP arranged the discussion-cum book fair and photo exhibition at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) marking the 42nd death anniversary of party founder Ziaur Rahman.
Fakhrul said the country's people have stood up responding to BNP's call for a united movement to restore democracy and people's voting rights.
"All political parties, all organisations, all democratic people must get united and take the movement to its final stage. Let us all unite and move towards our ultimate goal of restoring democracy and democratic state system and protecting the right to vote," he said.
The BNP leader said it is now recognised globally that the elections held in 2014 and 2018 were completely flawed and rigged where people could not express their opinions through ballots. "It is proof of how successful our movement is. The global community is now talking about ensuring a fair election and people's right to franchise."
He said their party wants a credible and neutral election, but it will not be possible to hold such polls if the current Awami League government stays in power.
Fakhrul said the government must step down immediately and dissolve parliament by handing over power to an impartial caretaker government, paving the way for holding a free and fair and free election. "That is the only way to overcome this crisis and save the nation."
Mirza Fakhrul said that no election will be allowed with Awami League in power. Alleging suppression of the movement, Fakhrul said, "Already 17 people have donated their blood on the streets. Millions of people have been falsely accused and disappeared. Even then people don't stop. People are constantly struggling, fighting for democracy. "Responding to the call given by our leader Tariq Rahman, today we stand up, people stand up." BNP Secretary General urged other political parties to unite in this movement.