Autocrat Ershad was not so bad, says Fakhrul
Update Time: 6 Dec 2017 9:17 pm:
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said even autocrat HM Ershad was comparatively better than the incumbent government.
Addressing a discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, Fakhrul said autocrat Ershad was not that much bad. At least he had minimum sense of courtesy and did not open fire on people and resigned on that night December 6, he said.
Whereas they (AL government) could not count how many people it had killed, he added.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks addressing a discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity organised by Dhaka University Central Student Union of 1990 and the then All Party Student Unity to mark 27th anniversary of fall of autocratic military ruler HM Ershad observed fall of autocracy day.
Presided over by vice-president of 1990’s DUCSU, Amanullah Aman, now BNP chairperson’s adviser, the discussion was also addressed, among others, by former student leaders and presently BNP leaders including Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Habibur Rahman Habib, Khairul Kabir Khokon and Nazimuddin Alam.
Fakhrul regretted that still ‘autocrat Ershad’ himself is survived and keeping survive its cohort Awami League government.
He said Bangladesh is now facing a big crisis. ‘People’s existence, democracy, the country’s independence, sovereignty and security of people are at stake,’ he added.
‘If we cannot get united and defeat evil force then our existence would not exist’ he said urging the party leaders and activists particularly youth forces to immediately get united forgetting ‘hesitation’ and ‘conflict’ to force the government to hold next general election under a neutral government and neutral Election Commission.
It would not bring any benefit doing any other hanky-panky over the election and people would not accept that election as well as not be acceptable at home and abroad, he said.
Fakhrul said Awami League afraid of election under a neutral government knowing that there would be no existence of them.