Terming Begum Khaleda Zia as a convicted accused, Information and Broadcasting minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud said she resided at home outside the prison by the kindness of Bangabandhu's daughter.
Hasan, also Joint General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, said the discussion of whether or not Begum Khaleda Zia goes to BNP's public meeting on December 10 is unrealistic.
The Information Minister said these in response to queries of the journalists after delivering speech as the chief guest at the reunion of Government Haji Mohammad Mohsin College, a traditional educational institution of Chattogram.
Mohsin College Alumni Association organized the reunion at city’s Navy Convention Hall.
Dr. Hasan Mahmud said BNP wants to hold a rally in Nayapaltan excluding Suhrawardy Udyan.
`They didn't want to go there for two reasons. Firstly, gathering of fifty thousand people in front of Naya Paltan seems a huge crowd. They are sure that there will not be more than fifty thousand people in their public meeting. That's why they don't want to go to Suhrawardy Udyan,’- the AL joint secretary said.
Dr Hasan said, the second reason is that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called for independence in Suhrawardy Udyan, in fact declared independence.
Mentioning `BNP wants to create chaos’ the information minister said they want to rally in front of Nayapaltan because they want to create chaos. They will not be allowed to create chaos as people of the country will resist them, he added.
Dr. Hashan said, the entire Chattogram is dressed up on the occasion of the public meeting of the Prime Minister Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina.
`A great enthusiasm has been created among the people. It will be the biggest gathering ever and millions of people will gather Inshallah.
Because of the enthusiasm that has already been generated among the mass people in the region, we are sure that this will be one of the biggest public meetings in history’ he said.
Earlier, in the speech of the chief guest at the Government Mohsin College Alumni Association, Dr Hasan said that the activities of a college, university and school are not limited to teaching only.
Colleges, universities and schools are places to learn many things, he added.
`I would never have been able to stand where I am today if I had not been around the great teachers of the school. Similarly, I remember some teachers of the college, especially Sumangal Mutsuddi sir. Because I used to study privately with him. There were many other teachers, whose presence played a major role in shaping our lives,’.
Dr Hasan, a former student of Govt. Mohsin College, reminisced and said Mohsin College is one of the best colleges in Chattogram.
`In future, the Alumni Association will have some programs that will open the third eye of the society. The society will create opportunities in doing charitable work. Alumni Association will play a remarkable role especially in building the lives of current students. Many alumni of Mohsin College are established and wealthy in the society,’ he said.
Chairman of Chattogram Government Mohsin College Alumni Association and President of Chattogram Chamber Mahbubul Alam presided over the function while Ekushey Padak awarded daily Azadi editor MA Malek delivered the special guest speech.