"The crisis has turned more complicated and grievous. Now it's a basic question whether democracy will persist in Bangladesh or not, whether the country's independence and sovereignty, and our right to expression, right to vote and association will remain or not," he said.
Speaking at a public rally, the BNP leader further said, "Our stance is clear that a level-playing field must be created for all and our leader Khaleda Zia must be released and allowed to work. Or else, no election and election schedule will be acceptable. We believe the fall of this government will be ensured through a united movement of people."
Jatiya Oikyafront arranged the rally at Madrasah Maidan here to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance's various demands for holding the 11th parliamentary elections in a fair and credible manner.
Gono Forum President and Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain was supposed to address the rally as the chief guest, but he could not arrive here due to his reported illness.
He, however, briefly addressed the rally using the technology and strongly denounced the hurried announcement of the election schedule by the Election Commission
"The schedule was announced swiftly to deprive people of voting rights. I think it's an anti-constitutional and anti-democratic act," Kamal Hossain added.