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BNP: PM's invitation for tea a mockery

  • Published at 02:57 pm February 1st, 2019
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BNP Vice Chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain was the chief guest on a “protest meeting of citizens” organized by Nagorik Odhikar Andolan Forum , at the National Press club, on Friday, February 1, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

BNP’s vice chairman also called for a stronger movement for the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s invitation to Jatiya Oikya Front, for tea, is a mockery—considering the circumstances of the 11th general election—BNP Vice Chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain has said.

He made the remarks while addressing a “protest meeting of citizens” organized by Nagorik Odhikar Andolan Forum as the chief guest, at the National Press club, on Friday.

“The party [Awami League] has established one-party rule with such an election. This cannot continue for long. History says it will not continue for long. After holding a farcical election, destroying democracy, and rejecting Oikya Front’s demands, they invite us to tea. This is nothing but a mockery,” the BNP vice chairman said.

He also urged those in attendance at the meeting to take to the streets and wage a stronger movement for the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

“It will not be possible to ensure Khaleda Zia’s release through legal processes, because she will not be released without the will of the government,” Khandaker Mahbub added.

“Khaleda Zia is a victim of political vengeance. She was not arrested because of cases filed against her, but because of political motives. The government has no intention of releasing Khaleda Zia; we have to take to the streets.

Earlier on January 26, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited the leaders of Oikya Front to exchange pleasantries over tea at Ganabhaban on February 2.

On Thursday, after a meeting of the Oikya Front Steering Committee, BNP Secretary General and Oikya Front spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Oikya Front rejected the prime minister’s invitation.

"Several thousand of our leaders and activists have been jailed, while many others have been killed and injured during the election. Many candidates were also injured. Under these circumstances, we think  a tea party by the prime minister is nothing but a mockery,” Fakhrul added.