BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday said the incumbent regime is worse than that of the emergency regime installed through a quasi-military coup on 11 January 2007.
“She herself [Sheikh Hasina] raised the issue of one-eleven. She had joined their oath-taking ceremony and said the one-eleven was an outcome of their movement. So, she cannot shirk the responsibility,” said Khaleda while addressing a programme at her Guslhan office.
The programme was arranged to give financial supports to the party workers affected by the party’s last anti-government street campaign.
In an oblique reference to prime minister and Bangladesh Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, her arch poliical rival Khaleda said, “She got out of jail through persuasion, but I fought against them [emergency regime]. I did not go abroad despite pressure while she went abroad applying mehedi [henna]on the hands.”
She alleged the situation of the country is not good at all. “Our workers are being arrested every day. Even they are being arrested again at the jail gate after they get bail.”
The former prime minister alleged the AL-led government is worse than that of the military backed caretaker government. “And that is why, they will be tried.”
Mentioning names of several top army officials of the emergency regime, Khaleda asked why many of them, who are now in the country, have not been sent to jail.
“Who has extended the job tenure of Masud [retired lieutenant general Masud Uddin Ahmed]? If she [Hasina] really means them [then army officials]to be 1/11 masterminds, she will prove that by arresting them,” said the BNP chairperson.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Tuesday said Sheikh Hasina became the prime minister as an outcome of the one-eleven conspiracy and her party is the most beneficiary of it.
“You’re enjoying the results of the one-eleven conspiracy and vote rigging. You couldn’t be the Prime Minister had the eleven conspiracy not been there,” he said pointing at the PM.
Gayeshwar came up with the remarks while speaking at a protest programme arranged by Greater Noakhali Jatiyatabadi Student Forum at the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP student affairs secretary Shaheeduddin Chowdhury Anee.
Mentioning that Sheikh Hasina herself had claimed that the administration was the outcome of her party’s movement, he said, “If the one-eleven regime is the result of your movement, you should award Prothom Alo’s Matiur Rahman and The Daily Star’s Mahfuz Anam and other journalists who played their parts in gaining the success.”
Gayeshwar warned that the plot of one-eleven is still on with a different strategy. “This conspiracy can only be thwarted by restoring democracy in the country.”
Referring to the prime minister’s recent remarks that the two editors of the country’s leading dailies were behind the minus-two formula, the BNP leader suggested Sheikh Hasina to first find out the Awami League leaders who also developed and promoted the formula.
He also claimed that though it was called minus-two formula, the main aim was to leave out Khaleda Zia from politics.
About their party’s council, Gayeshwar said the government earlier foiled their national council by arresting 156 party leaders and activists from BNP’s Nayapaltan central office. “But, this time our council will be held, no matter whether the government arrests our 1,056 leaders and activists.”
He alleged that the government is all set to rig the upcoming Union Parishad election. “I want to tell the government, hold a fresh and credible election if you have the courage.”
Speaking at another discussion programme arranged by Shikkhak-Karmachari Oikyajote at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said their party will hold its sixth national council at any cost on 19 March. “No government plot can thwart our council.”
He alleged that though they sought permission from the authorities of the three venues in the city, they are getting permission for none of them.
Rizvi said the Election Commission is not paying heed to the allegations brought by BNP and its candidates and the media regarding the UP polls as the Chief Election Commissioner and his deputies have turned deaf only to protect their own jobs.
He alleged that ruling party men continued their threats and intimidation to the BNP candidates to quit the election race. “The Election Commission is abetting the ruling party men in carrying out evil activities.”- Agencies