Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said the latest crackdown on casinos has brought to light the incumbent government's act of stealing.
"The casino debacle is just the tip of the iceberg, the incumbent government has siphoned off Tk27,000 crore last year," Fakhrul said while addressing a rally at Fire Service More in Rajshahi city.
"There is no use of winning awards, instead try to win love of the people. This will work in the long run," he said aiming at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"Vote-riggers will not be able to prevent mass movement. This government will be overthrown through movement," Mirza Fakhrul told the gathering organised in demand of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's unconditional release and withdrawal of all cases filed against her, and the party's acting chairperson Tarique Rahman.
He also urged the people irrespective of political views to wage a movement for a fresh election by dissolving the present parliament.
Among others, BNP Standing Committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku spoke on the occasion.
Meanwhile, leaders and activists of the BNP alleged that they were deterred on their way to Rajshahi to attend the rally. Transport owners stopped the inter-district bus movements on the pretext of rain, they said.