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BNP leaders invited to the council

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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The ruling Awami League (AL) on Friday invited three leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to attend its national council.

A delegation led by AL deputy office secretary Sayem Khan went to BNP central office in the capital’s Nayapaltan at 12:00 pm on Friday and handed over the invitation cards to BNP acting office secretary Syed Emran Saleh Prince.

Three members of the BNP’s standing committee—Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Moyeen Khan and Nazrul Islam Khan—have been invited to the council.

While receiving the invitation cards, Syed Emran Saleh Prince questioned, "How will our leaders attend the council when they are in jail?"

In response, Sayem Khan said, "It was a matter for the government. "We came from the party in the hope that a

 BNP delegation would attend the council." While speaking to reporters in front of the BNP office, Sayem Khan said they are inviting all political parties to their council.

"We are inviting all political parties to our council. On behalf of us, we have invited three BNP leaders, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Moyeen Khan and Nazrul Islam Khan," he said.

While talking about the imprisoned BNP leaders, Sayem Khan said, "It is a legal issue. So, we have invited the party’s other representatives."

The Awami League deputy office secretary also expected that representatives of all democratic political parties would be present at their council.

Syed Emran Saleh Prince, also BNP organising secretary, accepted the invitation cards on behalf of three senior leaders of the party.

Speaking about his party’s response to the Awami League’s invitation, Syed Emran Saleh Prince said he will deliver the invitation cards to the respective leaders, and the BNP high command will decide whether they will join the Awami League council or not.

"In the name of politics, bad politics is now taking place. Our Secretary General Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir and other leaders are imprisoned. The government has arrested some 450 of our leaders and activists from this office. Our leader Begum Khaleda Zia is a serious victim of political vengeance," he said.

"In such a context, the Awami League has invited us to join their council. We will deliver the cards to the respective leaders. Our party will decide in this regard," he added.