The country has become a hybrid democracy, said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, adding that it is a one-party democracy but this democracy is not enough.
Mirza Fakhrul made the remark while addressing a discussion held at the National Press Club on Saturday morning in memory of the late politician Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf.
The BNP secretary general said today the government and the administration have everything but the people of the country have no right to speak.
"We liberated the country in 1971 to establish democracy but today we cannot speak due a lack of democracy in the country. Extreme misrule is going on all over the country. The novel coronavirus is there on the one hand, and on the other hand there is dictatorial regime, and arrogance, haughtiness and irregularities of the government."
He further said, "35 lakh cases have been filed against opposition leaders and workers across the country, while more than 500 have been abducted and thousands have been killed by various forces of the government. Today, journalists are being silenced under the Digital Security Act. "
"We believe in multi-party democracy, the democracy that Ziaur Rahman established. We want an independent Bangladesh, we do not believe in domination and we do not want to bow our heads to anyone."
He also expressed hope that the people of Bangladesh would fight for their rights.