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Moudud to PM: Ask PPs not to oppose Khaleda’s bail

  • Published at 11:51 pm April 27th, 2019
Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed
Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed speaks at a human-chain program, arranged by Jatiyatabadi Mohila dal, in front of the National Press Club, Dhaka on Saturday Focus Bangla

He accused the government of trying to either split or eliminate BNP

Senior BNP leader, Moudud Ahmed has sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's instruction to public persecutors so as not to oppose BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail petitions.

"Since you (Sheikh Hasina) talk about parole, will you please instruct the public persecutors not to oppose Khaleda Zia's bail. If it happens, parole is not necessary as she can be freed on bail," he said on Saturday, reports UNB.

Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, made the remarks while speaking at a human-chain program, in front of the National Press Club, arranged by Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, demanding Khaleda's proper treatment and release from jail.

On Friday, the prime minister, in a press conference at Ganabhaban said, one has to apply first to be granted parole. "No one has applied for it so far."

Reacting to the prime minister's remarks, Moudud said: “It is clear that the government does not want Khaleda to walk out of jail. Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail on false cases. But she will be freed, today or tomorrow, with dignity."

Khaleda was sent to jail on February 8 last year after she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. 

Later, she was also convicted in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. The BNP chief was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on April 1  for treatment.

About taking oath by their party MP-elect, Zahidur Rahman Zahid, Moudud said the 11th parliament will not get legitimacy thru the joining of some BNP MP-elects.

"Zahidur Rahman took oath. I do not know what benefit the government will get if one or two more MPs-elected go to parliament like him (Zahid). But people know the current parliament won't get legitimacy even if they take oath since it was not formed with people's representatives," he said.

The BNP leader also said, it is not possible to legitimise this parliament, no matter whether their party's six MP-elects join it or not.

"A political vacuum has been created which is dangerous for the country. I would like to tell the government to hold an election in the country immediately under a neutral administration. If you do it, you will be able to overcome the awful situation while people get relief," he added.

Moudud accused the government of trying to either split or eliminate BNP. "It won't be possible to destroy BNP as it has become much stronger due to the repression by the government. BNP will exist as a party in Bangladesh over the next 100 years."