Awami League senior leader Sheikh Selim on Tuesday doubted whether the BNP chairperson will return home from London as he thinks Khaleda Zia went there on the pretext of medical treatment out of fear that she might land in jail.
The ruling party leader, however, warned that the country’s people will resist Khaleda if she tries to carry out campaigns in favour of her party’s candidates in the upcoming municipality polls on her return, UNB reports.
“Khaleda went to London in the name of treatment and she’ll stay there plundering money. The trial of the cases filed against her has begun. She’ll be punished in the case filed for misappropriating orphans’ money. Niko graft case has also been reopened. There’s a doubt whether she’ll return,” he said.
Selim, an Awami League presidium member, was addressing a triennial council of Gopalganj Sadar upazila and municipality units at Sheikh Moni Smrity Auditorium here.
He said the country’s people have turned down Khaleda’s politics of killing. “Her party’s leaders and activists have also no confidence in her leadership.”
The AL leader said no one will be able to dislodge Sheikh Hasina from power by resorting to militancy, subversive acts and terrorism.
Describing BNP founder Ziaur Rahman as an agent of Pakistan, Selim said Zia had badly affected the country as he was a freedom fighter only by name. “He had implemented Pakistan’s agenda by killing Bangabandhu and the national four leaders.”
He alleged that Zia had made war criminals like Shah Aziz and Abdul Alim ministers, and rehabilitated anti-liberation forces and Bangabandhu’s killers.
Following the footsteps of her husband, the AL leader said, Khaleda made Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mujaheed ministers.
He termed Khaleda a leader of war criminals, militants and terrorists, and said their party will not hold any dialogue with BNP.
“Holding dialogue with them (BNP), means encouraging militancy.”
Selim also urged the foreigners not to poke the nose into democracy and human rights in Bangladesh. “Our people will think about that.”
At the council, Quazi Liakat Ali Leku and Rafiqul Islam Mintoo have been re-elected president and general secretary of Gopalganj Sadar upazila unit Awami League.
Besides, Hasmat Shikder Channu has been made Gopalganj municipality unit president while SM Nazrul Islam general secretary.