Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said that it is not the country, but the BNP which is in crisis.
He made the observation while talking to journalists in Gazipur where he was inspecting the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
Quader, also the road, transport and bridges minister, said: “It is not the country which has plunged into crisis. Rather, it is the BNP and its organisational mechanism that have plunged into crisis after the imprisonment of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.”
Without mentioning his name, the AL leader raised a question over appointment of Tarique Rahman as the acting chairman of BNP.
“BNP has appointed such a person as its acting chairperson who is convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The court also fined him over Tk 2.10 crore,” he said.
According to a BNP press release, Tarique Rahman, now self-exiled in London, is the acting chairperson of the party, as its incumbent chairperson Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment in the graft case. In the same case, Tarique along with four others were also sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with a fine of Tk 2.10 crore each.
He also referred to dropped Article 7 (gha) from BNP’s charter that said corrupt and notorious people will not get posts in any committee of the party. He said: “It is clear why BNP has dropped Article 7 from its party charter. It has been dropped with an intention to allow corrupt people to become the party leaders.”
While reflecting on the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia, the AL general secretary said: “The case was not filed by the government, nor did it interfere in the case.”