BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Friday described the new Awami League government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as the “blackest artificial regime” in Bangladesh with characteristics of one-party fascism.
“The journey of the blackest artificial government characterised by one-party fascism started yesterday [Thursday] in Bangladesh political history, on the blackest day of 1/11, after the swearing-in of dummy MPs based on dummy results of a dummy election held with dummy candidates, voters, polling agents, and observers,” he said.
Speaking at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said the people of the country and the democratic world have rejected the “fascist” regime of Sheikh Hasina by boycotting the dummy election held on 7 January.
“They also turned down all the processes involved with that election, including individuals, results, oaths, parliament, and the government.”
Immediately after the fake election and before the end of the term of the 11th parliament, Rizvi said, Sheikh Hasina formed the government at an unprecedented speed by issuing the gazette and swearing in hastily. “It has manifested that an unknown fear has gripped her.”
The BNP leader said the new parliament and the cabinet are not acceptable to the country’s people. “People rejected it from all fronts.”
Rizvi, who has been holding virtual press conferences since BNP leaders went into hiding following violent clashes with the police on 28 October, attended his first in-person press briefing on Friday as the party’s central office reopened on Thursday.
He said their party leaders and activists have been in a movement for the restoration of democracy and people’s voting and other democratic rights.
The BNP leader claimed that people manifested their support in favour of the movement of the BNP and other opposition parties by boycotting the “so-called” general election.
He said the Awami League leaders defeated in the 7 January election are now branding Sheikh Hasina as the prime minister of illegal votes by narrating the incidents of vote rigging and various irregularities.