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AL: Khaleda’s statement full of lies

Update : 13 Mar 2015, 08:18 PM

The ruling Awami League slammed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s statement to the media yesterday terming it “misleading” and “full of falsehoods.”

Immediately after the BNP chief’s press conference, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, the ruling party’s spokesperson, made a statement.

“Khaleda Zia’s claim that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had referred to the elections of last January 5 as an ‘interim election’ and that Hasina had broken a supposed promise to set up a caretaker government and then hold fresh polls, is a fabrication,” he said.

“The prime minister never said such a thing, and the public will bear witness to the fact that this was never said,” Hanif said at a press conference at the party president’s and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office yesterday evening.

“The BNP is continuously killing people in the name of its ‘democratic movement.’ The countrymen know the origin of this party is in violence,” he said.

Hanif blasted Khaleda Zia saying: “She should apologise for lying to the media by saying law enforcers were behind the recent killings and chaotic conditions in the country.”

“The BNP-led 20-party alliance is behind the killings, public harassment and subversive activities throughout the country. This is proven by arrests by law enforcement agencies of BNP-Jamaat terrorists and militants with petrol bombs,” Hanif said.   

Khaleda, at her press briefing in the evening, said her 20-party alliance transport blockade would continue until her alliance’s demand for an election under a non-partisan administration was met.

“Not only the people, but many BNP central and grass roots level leaders, activists and supporters have not responded to the blockade called by Khaleda who has been mislead by her son Tarique Rahman. The people are now angry with Khaleda and her son,” Hanif said.

He said Khaleda ought to be put behind bars for creating anarchy in the country.

“Khaleda is blaming others to save herself from the people’s wrath,” he said in response to the BNP chief’s allegations that the ruling party was to blame for the violence in the country.

“She and her party have confused the nation before. They have been identified as frauds.

“Justice will be ensured for every death caused in the name of politics,” Hanif said.

Responding to a question, Hanif said the BNP was a platform and sanctuary for militancy and the AL will never sit for talks with the BNP.

Hanif said his party’s official response to Khaleda’s statements would be made at a press briefing at 11am today. 

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