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BNP happy, surprised too

Update : 18 Nov 2013, 03:04 AM

BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman’s acquittal in the money laundering case came as a surprise to the party leaders and activists.

BNP and its front organisations, following the verdict, brought out processions welcoming the verdict and distributed sweets across the country.

Talking to a number of senior and mid-ranking leaders it was learnt that they assumed that Tarique Rahman would be convicted as the government had politicised the judiciary.

In apprehension of Tarique’s conviction the party had a plan to launch a street movement protesting the verdict even Bogra district BNP threatened to enforce shutdown. But after the verdict they brought out processions and distributed sweets.

Leaders and activists of BNP also brought out processions and distributed sweets in Mymensingh, Madaripur, Magura, Rajshahi, Luxmipur, Rangpur, Sylhet, Lalmonirhat, Jhalkathi, Gopalganj, Khulna, Bagura, Barguna and Chittagong.

After the verdict in a formal reaction party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told journalists that through the verdict it was proved that all the cases filed against Tarique Rahman were false and politically motivated.

“We are expressing gratitude to the almighty. This verdict has proved that the cases filed against Tarique Rahman were false, fabricated and politically motivated,” he told reporters at the chairperson’s Gulshan office.

The spokesperson of the party alleged that a vested quarter brought allegations against Tarique Rahman in a planned way at different times and the incumbent government also brought corruption allegations against the Zia family including Tarique Rahman.

“False and fabricated corruption charges were brought against Zia family just to humiliate the family politically,” he alleged.

When asked about whether this verdict would have any impact on the prevailing political crisis, Fakhrul said: “The verdict has got nothing to do with the ongoing movement. Our movement will continue until the non-partisan interim government provision is inserted in the constitution.”

When asked about Tarique’s return to Bangladesh, the BNP leader said: “As Tarique Rahman is sick he is undergoing treatment in London. He will come back in the country on his doctor’s advice.”

Earlier, Fakhrul on Saturday alleged that a conspiracy was on against Tarique Rahman to convict him in a money laundering case.

“There is no end to the government’s conspiracy against the BNP. A verdict will be delivered against Tarique Rahman in a false case on Sunday (Sunday). We do not know what will be the verdict. But we can understand that he will be convicted upon the government’s order,” Fakhrul said.

A senior BNP leader seeking anonymity told the Dhaka Tribune that it might be a government’s trap.  

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