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Khaleda to sit with 20-party leaders tonight

  • Published at 02:52 pm January 28th, 2018
Khaleda to sit with 20-party leaders tonight
After meeting with her party's policymakers, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is going to sit with 20-party alliance leaders on Sunday night. The meeting is scheduled to begin around 8:30pm at the BNP chairperson's Gulshan office, said the party’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. He said the meeting was convened to discuss the overall situation of the country following the court's decision to pronounce the verdict in Zia Charitable trust graft case. On Thursday, the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed February 8 to deliver the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Khaleda, and five other people. The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans. Khaleda will be disqualified from the next general elections if she is convicted in the case. Earlier on Saturday night, Khaleda had a meeting with her party's standing committee members at the same venue, and discussed the issues relating to the probable court verdict in the graft case and worked out the party's next course of action.
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Briefing reporters about the outcome of the meeting, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir cited BNP policymakers saying that the entire nation has gotten worried and aggrieved over the decision of pronouncing the verdict hurriedly. They also observed that the move was taken as part of a conspiracy to "destroy democracy and foil an inclusive national election.” Under the circumstances, the BNP standing committee members urged people to get united, and be vocal against what they called “the government's plot in the name of trial.”