If Zia’s rule is ‘illegal’ so is AL’s: BNP

19 Aug,2017

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

In the wake of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment on BNP’s silence over Supreme Court’s observation about its founder’s rule, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said if Ziaur Rahman’s rule was illegitimate then Awami League’s also illegal.

“There’s no question about the legitimacy of Ziaur Rahman's rule. Introducing multiparty democracy and restoring people’s right to expression and press freedom can’t be illegal. Not only that, Awai League registered as a political party following due rules during his rule,” he said.

The BNP leader also said Awami League contested parliamentary elections and it is still carrying out its political activities with the registration it got during Ziaur Rahman’s rule. “So, Awami League is illegal if his (Zia) rule is illegal.”

Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Zia’s grave along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal, marking its 37th founding anniversary.

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