Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has said that graft case convicted Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman is more than enough to intensify crisis in the party.
‘We do not want to see split in BNP. It is a big political party. But if it is happened, then the party men will be responsible for that,’ he told newsmen while visiting BRTA mobile court activities in the city on Tuesday afternoon.
Quader said, ‘We will not do anything to deepen the internal crisis of BNP. Tarique Rahman is more than enough to do that.’
About the imprisonment of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, the AL general secretary said court would decide whether her imprisonment will be longer or not.
‘There are also several cases against Begum Zia but the government would not interfere in such matters what it did in the past,’ he added.
The minister said sometimes BNP said that it would take part in the next parliament election under any circumstances and at a time the party avowed that it would not participate in the polls without Begum Zia.
‘At first they have to decide what they actually want,’ he added. The AL general secretary said BNP leaders thought if Begum Zia went to jail, thousands of people would take the streets.
But it did not happen as even several hundred people were not seen on the streets after that, he added.
‘People’s support is must to wage movement. But BNP failed to draw public support,’ he added.
Quader said, ‘People fully trust the leadership, honesty and statesmanship of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.’
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