BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Thursday that the recent attack on the party's convey in Natore made it clear who are committing arson attacks in the country.
"The Awami League men attacked the convoy of our leaders and activists and set it on fire in Natore. Had the people around not come forward, the people inside the car would have been burnt. So now it is clear who commit arson attacks," he said at a press conference at BNP Chairperson's Gulshan political office on Thursday.
"In all cases, they are using state machinery, they are even using the state machinery for their own interests," he added.
The BNP secretary general strongly condemned the incident and demanded strict legal action.
In response to a question from journalists, Mirza Fakhrul said, "We are continuing the agitation in a very peaceful manner. We will go to the end of it. Our next move depends on the government. Our movement will depend on the behaviour of the government. We have said it clearly."
When asked about Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh's recent remark about not letting Mirza Fakhrul in Dhaka again, the BNP secretary general said: "Their speech, character, body language are like that of a criminal. It seems they are landlords, so they will not let anyone in. We don't care about their words. The people of Bangladesh do not think about them."
In response to another question, he said, "We have only one demand from Awami League, please resign. The people should be given the opportunity to elect their representatives."
BNP extends ongoing agitations to 5 October
Meanwhile, the BNP has brought some changes to the ongoing anti-government programmes extending its duration to 5 October.
As per the new decision, the party will hold nationwide rallies on Sunday to demand Khaleda Zia's release and treatment abroad.
The party started a 15-day programme on Tuesday to press for the ouster of the government, dissolution of parliament, reinstatement of a caretaker government system and the release of Khaleda Zia.
Apart from this, a road march in Faridpur has been scheduled for 3 October in the revised plan.
Besides, the party deferred the rally of professionals slated for 26 September to 4 September.