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7 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 February, 2018 01:42:38 AM
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Khaleda ‘prepared’ if verdict goes against her

BNP chief meets press at 5pm
STAFF REPORTER

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is prepared to face the situation if the verdict goes against her. She has also given necessary instructions to central leaders on running party activities in her absence, according to party sources. Khaleda Zia will also hold a press conference today at 5pm at her Gulshan political office. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told this yesterday.

"The BNP chairperson will speak at the press conference to inform the nation about the country's latest political situation," he said. Khaleda is also likely to discuss her stance over the verdict and give directives to party activists during the press briefing, said party sources.

After the court fixed the date for verdict, the former premier held a series of meetings with senior party leaders, standing committee members, executive committee members and leaders of the 20-Party Alliance to discuss strategies to face with the situation. She visited the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) and Hazrat Shah Poran (RA) in Sylhet ahead of the verdict slated for February 8. Party sources said the BNP would stage peaceful demonstrations across the country if the February 8 court verdict goes against Khaleda. The party high command has already instructed grassroots leaders not to adopt any violent programme centring the verdict.

At its national executive committee meeting on Saturday, the party adopted a resolution of staging peaceful protest in case any unjust verdict in the orphanage graft case, said BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.

Terming the case against Khaleda “false, fabricated and motivated”, the BNP leader expressed hope that Khaleda would get justice from the court. He alleged that the government is conducting mass arrest of BNP leaders and activists. BNP vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said the party would determine the next political course by observing the court verdict.

“We're waiting to see the February 8 court verdict. We remain respectful to the court and the judiciary. The party will fix its next course of action by observing the verdict to face it both legally and politically,” he added.

Referring to statements of the Prime Minister and other ministers regarding the verdict, Dudu said it seems the ministers know about the verdict in advance.

“The court verdict is being given against Khaleda Zia. But the government and 14-party leaders fear that it may expedite their fall. That’s why police and RAB personnel have taken to the streets instead of their workplaces,” he added.

Another standing committee member, Taimur Alam Khandaker, said they would take to the streets and stage peaceful demonstration if the verdict goes against the chairperson. “Whatever we would do, we would do it peacefully. We've been told to get united and carry out peaceful programmes,” he added.

Khandaker, former president of the Naryanganj district BNP, said they would take to the street and adopt no violent programme. He alleged that the government may create anarchy centring the verdict to get benefits from the chaotic situation.

 

 

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