PM's conspiracy claim untrue, remarks on US to hurt ties: BNP

PM’s conspiracy claim untrue, remarks on US to hurt ties: BNP


The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s statement over the called meeting of party chairperson Khaleda Zia with serving government officials “confusing” and “untrue”.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said this while addressing a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office responding to Friday’s press conference of the premier on the outcome of her recent visit to Malaysia. The PM made the allegation at that press conference.
He said government high-up’s “indecent” remarks against USA and its diplomats might deteriorate the bi-lateral relations between the two countries in the long run.The BNP leader termed LGED Minister Syed Ashraful Islam’s comment on US assistant secretary of state Nisha Desai Biswal as not only violation of diplomatic etiquette but also tantamount to racial attack.
He criticised the premier for accusing the BNP of efforts for going to power through conspiracy and said, “BNP has no record to grab power by resorting to conspiracy.”
Fakhrul said, “It is Awami League, not BNP, which has instance of assuming power through plots.”
Fakhrul said that government is speaking about conspiracy only to divert people’s attention to a different direction and confuse them.
On the PM’s criticism on Khaleda, he said the Awami League president made “indecorous” and “false” comments against the BNP chairperson.
“She (Hasina) made personal attacks on the BNP chief and made vengeful, foul and impolite remarks about her. I think there is no politician in any democratic country that uses such language about their rivals as she did,” he added.
The Prime Minister told the press conference that the USA had tried its best to stop the January 5 election.
With an oblique reference, she also said it’s not right that we will only survive if any country remain beside us and we will die if the country does not stand beside us.
While Syed Ashraf in a public rally last week commented that Nisha Desai who recently visited Bangladesh is a minister of a “two penny worth of a minister”. He also referred to her ethnic origin, her age, her sex, and also that she was not married.
BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury also spoke at a press conference, said the bilateral relations with any country does not necessarily mean only financial tie, there are many other issues in those.
“Diplomatic relations deteriorate when the government tells such lie or behave like this,” he said. The former diplomat termed Syed Ashraf’s comment on US ambassador Dan W Mozena is sheer violation of diplomatic norms.
“And his (Ashraf) speech on Nisha Biswal clearly indicates racism,” he said.
Replying to a question on the premier’s comment that her government would examine income and expenditure of those involved with TIB, the BNP leader the premier has given the threat so that TIB officials do no dare to reveal official corruption next year.
He reiterated that Khaleda Zia did not have any meeting with serving government officials on Thursday night as claimed by different media.
“Our chairperson regularly holds meeting at her Gulshan Office as party leaders visit it. But the reports on Thursday’s meeting published in a section of the media are untrue,” he said.
Mirza Fakhrul advised the government to examine its popularity by holding a fresh election under a non-partisan neutral government. – Staff Reporter


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