Thursday, 30 June, 2022

Remark on Khaleda

BNP seeks apology from PM

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to offer a public apology for her remark on its Chairperson Khaleda Zia centering upon Padma Bridge. 

“You (Prime Minister) issued a death threat to Khaleda Zia. She is the most acceptable and popular leader in the country and she never suffered a defeat in elections,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. 

The BNP leader made the statement while speaking at a protest rally arranged by BNP’s Dhaka south and north city units in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Monday.

“We would like to unequivocally ask you (PM) to make an apology to people for your remark. Otherwise, the people will oust the government from power without giving a scope for making an apology,” said Mirza Fakhrul.

He said it is unimaginable that a prime minister can make such an ‘irresponsible’ comment, no matter how she came to power. “People of any civilised country can’t tolerate such a remark.”

“She (Prime Minister) is making such remarks about Khaleda Zia out of her nervousness as she is foreseeing her end of rule and can’t come to the power again,” said Fakhrul.

The BNP secretary general informed that Khaleda Zia is now very sick and her life will be at risk unless she is given the scope for proper treatment abroad.

“From this rally, we would like to call upon the government to completely free our leader Khaleda Zia and allow her to go abroad for treatment before time runs out,” he said.

Mirza Fakhrul demanded withdrawal of cases filed against the BNP leaders and activists and release of the arrestees. He also demanded that the government hand over power to a neutral government immediately and arrange the next national polls under an election-time government.