Talks with BNP must for ‘PM’s graceful exit’, says Moudud


Staff Reporter:

BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina must enter into a negotiation with their party over the next polls if she wants to have a ‘graceful exit’ from power.

“Two paths — one with honour and the other with dishonour — remain open for the Prime Minister to quit power. She has to choose one path,” he said.

Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “If she (Hasina) wants to leave power with dignity, she must come to an understating and hold a fair and neutral election… if she doesn’t reach an understating, the solution will come through a movement.”

Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said if the government does not take step for fair polls, BNP will not be responsible if anything bad happens as people will take to the street to restore their voting rights, democracy, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

He also said their party will be forced to announce agitation programmes if the government fails to reach an understanding at the right time

Greater Noakhali Jatiyatabadi Jubo Forum arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) demanding the release of Dhaka south city unit Jubo Dal President Rafiqul Alam Mojnu from jail.

Moudud also came down hard on the government for what he said its failure to check the growing incidents of enforced disappearance, abduction and killing.

About the charge-farming against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and three others in a sedition case, he said the government has exposed once again its vindictive attitude through it. “Today (Monday) is Tarique Rahman’s birthday. They could wait for two or a few days to give the order on the case.”

Moudud said the government is taking vengeful steps against Tarique as it seriously fears his huge popularity.

Earlier in the day, a Dhaka court framed charges against Tarique and former chairman of Ekushey TV Abdus Salam and its two other senior journalists in a sedition case. The court also fixed January 15 for hearing the witnesses of the case.

On January 8, 2015, sub-inspector Borhanuddin filed the sedition case with Tejgaon Police Station over the live telecast of a provocative speech by Tarique Rahman at a programme in London on January 5 of the year.


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