Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader questioned the BNP’s ability to wage movement, saying the BNP should demonstrate its capability and courage, if any, of releasing their leader Begum Khaleda Zia through movement.
‘If you (BNP) have the ability to free Khaleda Zia through movement . . . Do it. But you couldn’t wage movement for even for 10 minutes in the last 10 years,’ he told a press conference at the AL President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon.
Criticising the BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam’s threat to gear up street movement to restore democracy and free Khaleda Zia from the jail, the AL general secretary said they (BNP) are frequently issuing threats of waging movement but the party is unable to forge any movement.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, took the challenge of BNP’s street agitation threat and said, ‘To them (BNP) perception of democracy is wholly self-contradictory and how would they trigger any movement?’
He said, being elected as an MP, Mirza Fakhrul did not join the parliament, but they (BNP) nominated a candidate for the vacant seat.
‘Five MPs joined the parliament and MP for women reserved seats also took oath but the BNP secretary general didn’t join . . . What kind of democratic practice is it?’ the AL minister questioned, terming it’s a farcical democratic norm and dual policy of BNP politics.
Referring to the upcoming BNP’s national council, Quader said BNP abolished section 7 from its party constitution proving that BNP is a party of self-confessed corrupt individual.
AL joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, MP, and Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretaries Ahmed Hossain, Bahauddin Nasim, AKM Enamul Hauq Shahmim, MP, and Khalid Mahmood Chowdhury, MP, office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, MP, and relief and social welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, among others, were also present there.
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