BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has demanded the resignation of the government, saying that their time in power is up.
"There is no more time. Their time is up. I have made it clear before, and I am saying it again... resign and dissolve parliament like a good boy and form an interim government to oversee elections under a neutral and non-partisan government," he said while speaking at a brief rally held at Shahid Bulu Stadium in Noakhali today.
Warning of potential street protests if the government does not comply, he added, "Our leader Tarique Rahman has asked, where will the decision be made?"
At that, the attendees at the rally screamed back in response: "On the streets."
Mirza Alamgir also called for unity to bring about a change in government.
Addressing the issue of corruption, he said, "The Awami League has dismantled our education system, healthcare system, and justice system. They have ruined our economy and turned it into a haven for illicit gains. Banks have been drained of their resources through looting, with billions of rupees being smuggled abroad. Furthermore, they have devised schemes to bring back the smuggled money, offering a two-and-a-half percent incentive."
"It is absurd that they are rewarding thieves with our tax money while deducting from our own pockets. This issue is not exclusive to the BNP; Khaleda Zia, or Tarek Rahman - it is a problem that affects the entire nation. We are facing a crisis of voting rights, jeopardised freedoms, and a crumbling economy," he went on.
Expressing his concern over the prolonged detention of Khaleda Zia, Mirza Alamgir lamented, "She has been unjustly imprisoned for eight years, despite her unwavering fight for democracy. If elected, we have outlined 31 points to rebuild the nation. Our leader Tarek Rahman has presented us with the vision of a new Bangladesh through these 31 points."
The rally, organised jointly by the BNP's affiliated organisations Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal, Sramik Dal, Matsyajibi Dal, Tanti Dal, and JASAS, commenced at 2:30pm before the march through the city streets.
This rally marks the first of several planned events by these five organisations in six district cities across the country.
Meanwhile, in Khulna, BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed said that the countdown for the downfall of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has begun.
"Various pro-democracy parties have joined forces to make the ongoing one-point movement successful. It is certain that she [Sheikh Hasina] can no longer remain in power," he said while speaking as the chief guest at a scholarship award ceremony organized by the Ziaur Rahman Foundation in Khulna today.
He accused the prime minister of misleading foreign nations by claiming to have conducted free and fair elections in the country for the past 14 years.
Furthermore, he alleged that the government, under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was forced to reveal reserves of 23.7 million dollars, which had subsequently been depleted through corrupt practices.