Election after freeing Khaleda for restoring democracy: BNP

Election after freeing Khaleda for restoring democracy: BNP

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Dhaka, Aug 19 – The BNP on Sunday reiterated that the party would take part in the next elections after freeing chairperson Khaleda Zia for the restoration of democracy.“We will take part in the elections after releasing our chairperson for the restoration of democracy… whatever obstacle is created, the party leaders and activists took oaths to participate in the polls taking the chairperson with us,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with the leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, marking its 38th founding anniversary, he expressed his vow to install a pro-people government through the next election.
He accused the ruling Awami League of impeding BNP’s participation in polls and alleged the ruling party has been hatching a conspiracy to keep BNP away from the next general election ‘creating a chaos’ in the country.
“Awami League doesn’t want BNP to join the polls. They’re trying to put obstacles in the way of BNP’s participation in the election by repeatedly talking about 1/11-like conspiracy,” he said adding, the ruling party has been on a plot to create a ‘chaos’ in the country to foil people’s efforts to ‘restore’ democracy in the country.
Asked about the ruling party’s allegation that BNP was conspiring over in style of January 11, 2007 episode, he said BNP could not have any relation with the January 11 episode.
Referring to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s remark that BNP has started hatching conspiracies to create a dangerous situation like 1/11 one in the country, he claimed that the BNP has no necessity to do it and they have no relation with 1/11 changeover.
“The BNP is now not in driving seat rather it is Awami League which is now in driving seat. The stirring is in the hand of government. The AL was responsible for bringing 1/11,” he said.
He further said the AL was the beneficiary of January 11 episode. A state of emergency was imposed on January 11, 2007, that led to taking over power by a military-backed caretaker government.
They (AL) have ill-motive to involve BNP unnecessarily with the 2007 events. This is another conspiracy of Awami League by all on a sudden now bring the issue of January 11 to block the way of bringing democracy, he added.
Replying to a question, he said the BNP repeatedly called upon the government to hold dialogue to resolve political impasse through talks but he said the Awami League is not sincere about dialogue. “The AL sometimes talk about dialogue but they do not do anything,” he added.
Mirza Alamgir also demanded ‘unconditional’ release before the Eid-ul-Azha of the student protesters of quota-reform in public service and safe road were arrested what he said ‘unjustly’.
He criticised the government saying that homebound people are suffering to go to their near and dear ones for celebrating the Eid due long tailback.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Amanullah Aman, Abul Khair Bhuiyan, Barkatullah Bhulu, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, Shafiul Bari Babu and Abdul Quader Bhuiyan, among others, were present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, speaking at a discussion meeting, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan yesterday said the ruling AL is sensing 1/11-like dangerous’ situation as the party was behind such a conspiracy in 2007.
“It is usual that you (AL) smell the emergence of 1/11 as you were behind it. You had brought the 1/11 by creating anarchy in the country by openly killing people with oar and sticks,” he said while addressing the meeting at Jatiya Press Club.
Youth Forum, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the meeting demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and the party’s other arrested leaders. –Staff Reporter

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