BNP has said the government is pushing for a verdict in a corruption case against the party’s chief because it wants to push them out of the upcoming national elections.
The party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the press on Friday that the government’s intention was to go to polls without BNP.
“That is why the verdict in Khaleda Zia’s case is being rushed,” he said. Fakhrul was in Tikatuli to visit the family of the writer Shawkat Ali, who died on Saturday.
Several politicians in the government have commented on BNP’s possible reactions to the verdict.
In response, Fakhrul said: “This government has been in power for eight or nine years. They are holding on to power by force, and they are always issuing threats. They are always using force and coercion. They are unwilling to have any space for dissent.”
On Friday morning, Awami League’s Publicity Secretary Hasan Mahmud alleged that there was conspiracy afoot to create chaos in the country ahead of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul dismissed the remarks, saying: “The government has completely shrunk democratic space in this country. It is only natural that they will say things like this, since they have buried the democracy for which we liberated this country.”
On Thursday, Awami League General Secretary and Transport Minister Obaidul Quader said the government had never interfered with the judiciary.
The same day, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal warned that stern action would be taken against any attempt at creating unrest over the verdict.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com