Apurbo Ahmed Jewel : This statement is often heard from the polite, delicate, and broker class. There is no powerful opposition party in the country. When the opposition party becomes vocal and assertive, they are gradually suppressed. Do you acknowledge this?
Since 2013, when the media and intellectuals labeled the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) as collaborators, anti-independence, and terrorists, you did not raise your voice against it.
In the run-up to the 2014 elections, when identified activists of the Chhatra League (student wing of the ruling party) attacked and overturned buses, no one came forward to discuss their actions!
When Begum Zia was sentenced in 2015 for embezzling a ridiculous sum of Rs 5 crore, no one said the strong opposition was destroyed..
In 2018, when school students took to the streets demanding safer roads and more than a hundred students were injured, you did not speak out. Were they not part of a strong opposition?
In a democracy, a powerful opposition party is the people themselves. It is not about having a powerful entity apart from the people.
When these brokers and intellectuals say there is no strong opposition party, they are actually attacking you. They attack those who want to be part of the opposition. Be opposed. Oppose.