The government incites fundamentalism: Mirza Fakhrul

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photo

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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photo

The current government is inciting fundamentalism, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said in an interview with reporters at his residence in Thakurgaon yesterday morning.

“If there is anyone responsible for the rise of fundamentalism, it is the Awami League,” said Mirza Fakhrul.

He further stated that the Awami League always blames the BNP and seeks excuses to destroy the opposing party. “It’s dirty politics that harms the country,” he said.

The BNP has nothing to do with fundamentalism but it believes in religious freedom, said Mirza Fakhrul.

“I don’t think there are any militants in Bangladesh. However, there is fundamentalism and it is the Awami League that indulges and incites fundamentalism,” he continued.

In response to a question, Fakhrul said, “I don’t want to talk about sculpture right now. Democracy is the biggest issue for us. [having] it is my right in the country. It is important to establish this constitutional right.”

“Instability reigns in the country as there is no democratic government here. Foreign investors do not think that Bangladesh is safe. The reason behind this is that the environment of the country is not conducive for investment “, said Fakhrul.

“Those who come from abroad to do business have to pay bribes to get a gas and electricity connection. People from the ruling party also pay them. All this has had a negative impact” , he added.

“Recently, six sugar mills in the country were closed. During the Covid-19 pandemic, part of the working class finds itself unemployed. Uncertainty will have a greater impact on the economy of the northern region as a whole,” explained the BNP secretary general.

“It’s not good for the economy,” he said. Demanding the introduction of closed factories, he said agriculture must be subsidized and it is important to keep agribusinesses subsidized.

“People in the country can’t vote now. Can’t speak, can’t write, an indictment has been issued against Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman in a murder case. The former editor of Sangram is still in jail,” Fakhrul said, adding that the purpose of such acts is to intimidate journalists into not writing the truth.

Among others, BNP District Unit General Secretary Mirza Faisal Amin; Vice President Nur-e-Shahadat Swajan; Finance Secretary Shariful Islam Sharif and Chairman of Jubo Dol Chowdhury Mahebullah Abunur were present.

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