Shun ‘Khaleda-minus formula’: BNP to govt


Staff Reporter:

BNP on Thursday urged the government to stop a ‘plot’ to eliminate its chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics through a ‘minus-formula’ in the name of parole.

Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said their chairperson wants to walk out of jail on bail as the cases in which she was convicted are bailable.

“A widespread propaganda is on over parole. The current regime is hatching a far-reaching plot to make a political gain after putting our leader’s (Khaleda’s) life at stake,” he said.

Rizvi said there is no point of hatching a conspiracy to remove Khaleda from politics. “Let the law take its own course without creating any obstacle to granting her (Khaleda) bail. Our leader will be freed on bail through a normal legal process if the illegal interference in court proceedings is stopped,” he said pointing at the Prime Minister.

Rizvi alleged that some pro-government newspapers are carrying out false campaign over Khaleda’s release on parole.

“Speculations are there that the intelligence agencies are involved with the media propaganda. The ruling party has resorted to cunning politics to make its mission on parole a success,” the BNP leader said.

He alleged that some media have been running news without any source about Khaleda Zia’s release on parole to go abroad. ”Even, they’re mentioning the specific date of her departure. But, BNP has no knowledge about it. Our leader wants to be freed on bail through a normal legal process.”

Rizvi claimed that their chairperson is seriously ill as she cannot move her hands and legs. “She has not been given proper treatment. Doctors said her diabetes is still not under control.”

He bemoaned that media outlets are playing a silent role over Khaleda’s illness.

The BNP leader said their chairperson wants to receive treatment at a specialised hospital of her choice.

About Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case, Rizvi said the government has failed to take any visible action, except withdrawing Sonagazi Police Station OC Moazzem Hossain, to punish the killers though nine days have elapsed since her death.
He also alleged that no action is being taken against the OC for harassing Nusrat by taking her to the police station in the name of questioning her about the sexual harassment.

The BNP leader also questioned the transparency of the ongoing probe by police officials into the Nusrat murder when police are allegedly involved in it. “The government has completely surrendered to police, and lost its moral courage to take any measures against them.”

Rizvi also alleged that the government’s activities have given an impression that it is trying to hush up the barbaric murder incident.

He urged the government to take effective steps to stop injustice and massacre, and ensure exemplary punishment to the offenders.unb


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