AL impeding BNP’s participation in polls: Fakhrul

19 Aug,2018

BDchronicle: Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said ruling Awami League is ‘impeding’ the party’s participation in the general election likely to be held in December making various statements and creating ‘problem’.

But the party would establish people’s government through election freeing BNP’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia and democracy by overcoming all obstacles, Fakhrul said while talking to journalists.

He claimed that Awami League does not want that BNP takes part in the election.

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.

Fakhrul said Awami League is now in driving seat. ‘They (Awami League) are the beneficiary of January 11 episode.’

A state of emergency was imposed on January 11, 2007 that led to take over power by a military-governed caretaker government.

Fakhrul said they (Awami League) has ‘ill-motive’ to involve BNP unnecessarily with the 2007 events.

He said 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.

In reply to a question, Fakhrul said BNP has always wanted dialogue to resolve problem.

Awami League is not sincere about dialogue, he added.

He said BNP’s struggle would continue until freeing Khaleda and democracy.

He demanded ‘unconditional’ release before the Eid-ul-Azha of those student protesters of quota-reform in public service and safe road were arrested ‘unjustly’.

He said home bound people are suffering to go to their near and dear ones for celebrating the Eid due long tailback.

Fakhrul was talking to the journalists on the premises of late president Ziaur Rahman grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka after placing wreaths and offered fateha at the graveside of Zia along with leaders and activists to mark 38th founding anniversary of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, volunteers wing of BNP.

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