BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the lack of democracy and fundamental rights had placed the people of Bangladesh in a virtual jail.
Addressing a human chain in front of National Press Club, he said, "The people must emerge from this confinement."
The BNP leader called for a national unity and urged all parties, eminent personalities and organisations to take a united stand to realise the rights demands of the people.
He made the BNP's position clear about the next general elections. He said the elections must be held under a poll-time neutral government and be conducted by an independent election commission.
Mirza Fakhrul pointed out that the current regime of Awami League was not an elected and was in power through coercion.
"That's why, they (the rulers) cannot bargain with those who helped them to stay in power," he said pointing to external support extended to the one-sided ballot in 2013-14.
The BNP secretary general referred to the prime minister's statement after her visit to India, that she at least got something, if not water.
"What a pity that we have been reduced to a state of 'kuch mila' (a little gain) and are happy with that," he said.
Mirza Fakhrul blamed premier Sheikh Hasina for handing over all trump cards, such as transit facilities and permission to use ports, to India after coming to power.
Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal (Nationalist Freedom Fighters' Party) organised the human chain programme demanding disclosure of all agreements and MoUs signed during the prime minister's recent India visit.
BNP joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alam said the owners of this country are 16 crore people, not the AL alone.
"The government cannot be allowed to do whatever it likes. Friendship does not mean we have to sacrifice everything including our independent character," he added.