A senior leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday smelled conspiracy in ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s remarks that election would not wait for anyone.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office said that there was a clear indication of ‘conspiracy’ and ‘evil-plan’ in the statement of the AL general secretary that constitution and election would not wait for Khaleda Zia.
Quader had made the remarks on Thursday responding to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s comment passed on Wednesday that no election would be held if his party chief Khaleda Zia is sent to jail convicting in ‘false’ cases.
At the day’s briefing, Rizvi asked the ruling party’s general secretary whether election would wait for AL president Sheikh Hasina.
He said no election could be held dropping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party.
Rizvi said people would resist any ‘ill-attempt’ of holding ‘unilateral’ and ‘controversial’ election on the excuse of the Constitution.
Asked whether BNP would resist the election if Khaleda is sent to jail, he said the party would take democratic progarmmes to restore democracy.
He questioned why Khaleda would be sent to jail saying she did not commit any crime.
Rizvi said the next election would be held under a non-party neutral government and BNP would take part in that election.
The BNP leader came down hard on the ruling party leaders and ministers for harshly criticising World Bank after recent verdict by a Canadian court over allegation of conspiracy of corruption in the construction of Padma Bridge.
He said many feared that it could deteriorate relations with the largest development partner, the World Bank, with Bangladesh and as a result funding crisis may be created for many current projects.
Rizvi said the way the ministers were making irresponsible statements about the World Bank is an ‘ominous sign’ for a ‘developing country like ours’.
He said National Board of Revenue and Anti-Corruption Commission at the directive of the government was investigating corruption of former and present officials working at the local office of the World Bank.
Rizvi also strongly criticised attacks by ‘armed Awami goons’ on the house of BNP nominated chairman candidate Hazari Zakir Hossain for Sujanagar Upazila parishad in Pabna on Thursday night.
He alleged that the goons had attacked Hazari’s house to force him to withdraw the nomination paper for the local polls scheduled for March 6.
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