Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said the next general election is a challenge for the Awami League, not for the principal opposition party.“This is because the people will not vote for the Awami League. And that’s why, the (AL) government is up to all sorts of mischief,” he told a press briefing at the BNP‘s Naya Paltan central office.The BNP leader pointed out that, angered by the misrule of the Awami League, the people of Bangladesh will take to the streets.“Then the house of cards will collapse. The people will bounce back (to restore their democratic rights) and this government will fall,” Mirza Fakhrul said after a meeting of the party to chalk out programmes on its founding day on 1 September.The BNP leader told a questioner that it is important that the media and the civil society play a key role in restoring fundamental rights of the people as well as to ensure free and fair elections in the country.He expressed his frustration at the censorship the media is dealt with nowadays. “The people will remember this,” he added.Mirza Fakhrul regretted that a section of critics said the BNP is in crisis. “The BNP cannot be ruined. This party has come here overcoming many odds… The next general elections, if held without participation of the BNP, will not be credible.”He also rejected out criticism that the opposition party does not announce programmes demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia.“Programmes are being announced and observed regularly. You will see at an opportune moment what kind of (other) programmes are announced.”The BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the party’s programmes to mark the BNP’s founding anniversary on 1 September. The party held a joint meeting to finalise the programmes.According to UNB, the programmes include a public rally, discussions, hoisting party flags, and placing wreaths at the grave of party founder Ziaur Rahman.As per the founding anniversary programmes, the party flag will be hoisted atop its Nayapaltan central office and all other offices of BNP across the country at 6am on 1 September.Besides, the party leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of its founder ex-President Ziaur Rahman at 11.00am on the day.The BNP is scheduled to hold a rally at 3pm the same day either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of BNP office subject to permission by the authorities concerned.The party will also arrange a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh the following day.The party’s associate bodies and all of its units across the country will also mark the day with various programmes, including discussions.On 1 September 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman formed BNP with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh. BNP ruled the country for several terms.