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Oli to BNP leaders: Either lead us or let us lead

  • Published at 11:48 pm May 15th, 2019
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File photo of Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) President Colonel Oli Ahmed Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

He said it is not possible for Khaleda Zia to give us directives from jail

President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed has said he is willing to take the responsibility for strengthening the 20-party alliance to free Khaleda Zia from jail and overcome the country’s political crisis.

LDP, one of the components the BNP-led 20-party, arranged the discussion on Khaleda Zia’s release and a mid-term election at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Speaking at a discussion, Oli said: “There is no scope to sit idle as we must move ahead. We have taken an initiative (to strengthen the 20-party). I would like to request the BNP leaders that either you lead us or let us lead.”

He further said, “It is not possible for Khaleda Zia to give us directives from jail while Tarique Rahman cannot play an active role in the field from London…I am ready to take that responsibility at this critical time of the country.”

Oli also urged the BNP leaders to take steps for waging a movement to free Khaleda Zia, restore democracy and people’s voting rights in the country by strengthening the 20-party alliance. “Either strength our hands or tells us to strengthen yours, and we are ready to do that.”

The LDP chief said he is also ready to risk his life and fight against the current ‘autocratic’ regime. “I could not sacrifice my life in the Liberation War, but I am ready to lose my life in the hands of autocrat.”

He also said he has no reservation to accept the leadership of capable and acceptable BNP leaders to launch a movement.

Oli strongly opposed BNP’s decision of sending its elected lawmakers to parliament, saying the party has legitimized the current government through it.