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Fakhrul: Khaleda was not involved with Ershad seizing power

  • Published at 06:51 pm September 9th, 2019
web-File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka tribune

He said the nation cannot be misled by such false information about Khaleda Zia

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was not involved in former President Hussain Muhammad Ershad's seizure of power. 

He said: "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's statement that Khaleda Zia was involved in Ershad capturing power is untrue."

"The nation cannot be misled by such false information about Khaleda Zia," he said.

He addressed  reporters after paying tribute to the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman on Monday. 

Taking part in a mourning ceremony in the National Assembly on Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: "Khaleda had seized the opportunities General Ershad gave her when he occupied power for 12 years."

Responding to the Prime Minister's statement, Mirza Fakhrul said: "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was the most happy when the dictator Ershad illegally seized power. Back then she said - I am not unhappy."

Claiming that Ershad's Jatiya Party is an opposition to the current government, the BNP secretary general said: "Now after Ershad’s death, Rowshan Ershad has become the government’s opposition leader in the house."

Referring to the release of imprisoned Khaleda Zia, Mirza Fakhrul said: "She will be released from jail through a united movement." 

He said: "Democracy can be restored and the people of this country can be liberated if we forget our divisions and accelerate the movement for her liberation through a united struggle."

Accusing the present government of being anti-people, the BNP secretary general said, "Democracy in this country cannot be freed, nor can people be liberated, unless this occupying government departs. "

President of BPN women's wing Afroza Abbas, General Secretary Sultana Ahmed and Joint General Secretary Helen Jerin Khan were present at the occasion. 

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