BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said the current Awami League government is the ghost of Pakistani occupation forces and autocratic rulers as it destroyed democracy and snatched people's rights by resorting to repression.
"Had you (freedom fighters) fought for current Bangladesh? Today's Bangladesh (under AL govt) is an evil spirit of the Pakistani occupation forces of 1971 and the despotic rulers of Pakistan," he said.
Speaking at a gathering of freedom fighters, the BNP leader also alleged that the 'usurper' Awami League regime is exploiting and terribly oppressing the people of Bangladesh in the same way the Pakistanis ruled and suppressed people and sucked their blood.
He said the freedom fighters joined the Liberation War with a dream of building a happy, prosperous, democratic and independent Bangladesh free from discrepancy. "But Awami League has dashed that dream snatching people's all rights and destroying democracy."
"It's unfortunate that those who fought the Liberation War have to say after 52 years of independence that we did not get that Bangladesh (for which we fought)," Fakhrul lamented.
He said that Awami League always claims that they led the Liberation War, but it actually exposed its real face when it came to power soon after the independence of the country in 1972 by indulging in looting, stealing and oppressing and killing their opponents. "They even killed freedom fighters and many youths."
Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal, the freedom fighters' wing of BNP, arranged the "mass gathering of freedom fighters" at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking the 53rd Independence Day. Freedom fighters from across the country took part in the programme by holding national flags in their hands.