BNP MPs-elect won’t take oath, says Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent

9 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Friday that the lawmakers-elect of his party will not take oath.

“We’ve already said that MPs-elect of our party won’t go to parliament,” he said in reply to a newsman query.

The BNP leader was talking to reporters at a human chain programme in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal organised the event, marking the International Women’s Day.

Asked whether BNP is conducting any discussion with the government about BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail, he said “These are simply rumours. Unfortunately, rumours spread fast in Bangladesh.”  

Replying to a question, Mirza Fakhrul said oath-taking by Sultan Mohammad Mansur as a member of parliament (MP) will not affect Jatiya Oikya Front as he has already been expelled from both Gano Forum and Jatiya Oikya Front.

He said that Sultan Mohammad Mansur has ‘deceived’ the people of the country.

Addressing the human chain, the BNP secretary general said, “Khaleda Zia who worked for women’s empowerment is now languishing in jail through ‘false’ cases.”

“This government is using the state machinery to stay in power by depriving the people of their rights. The government is now repressing the entire nation,” he alleged.

Mirza Fakhrul called upon the party men to take oath to free Khaleda Zia  from jail and intensify the movement for a woman-friendly society.