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Khaleda conviction

BNP distributes leaflets contesting verdict merit

Party policymakers meet tomorrow
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BNP distributes leaflets contesting verdict merit

The BNP yesterday distributed leaflets among the people, challenging the merit of convicting Khaleda Zia and demanding her immediate release.

In the leaflet, the BNP claimed that the conviction was made in an "imaginary, concocted and politically motivated" case.

Meanwhile, BNP standing committee members, party chairperson’s advisers and vice-chairmen will hold a joint meeting tomorrow to discuss the latest developments in the political arena and plan the next course of action.

The party will hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 11, demanding the release of Khaleda Zia, said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi while briefing reporters at the party's central office in the afternoon.

Referring to the contents of the leaflets, Rizvi said they described how their chairperson has been ‘subjected to injustice’. "Sheikh Mujibur Rahman too was awarded two years of imprisonment and fined Tk. 5,000 in a corruption case in 1960," he added.

He said the BNP would continue its peaceful demonstration programmes.

In Dhaka, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi launched the leaflet-distribution programme in front of the party's Naya Paltan central office around 10:00am yesterday amid tight security. BNP chairperson’s adviser, Ataur Rahman, among others, was present during the distribution.

Saying that the former premier was "innocent", the leaflet claimed that Khaleda Zia had no direct or indirect involvement with the forming of the Zia Orphanage Trust and transaction of money.

"Cases of corruption involving Tk. 15,000 crore (150 billion) against Sheikh Hasina were quashed/dismissed, whereas Begum Khaleda Zia was sentenced in a baseless case with ulterior motive," the leaflet said.

The BNP argued that cases against Sheikh Hasina, involving Tk. 15,000 crore, were quashed once she assumed office.

Speaking at a function at the Jatiya Press Club, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir lambasted the Awami League (AL) for describing the BNP as a corrupt party. He advised the ruling party to see its own face in the mirror. He accused the government of sending Khaleda to jail to hold a farcical election in the country.

Fakhrul alleged that Khaleda had been implicated in four cases, while AL chief Sheikh Hasina was implicated in 15 cases during the rule of the Army-backed caretaker government after the 1/11 changeover. The present government has quashed all the 15 cases filed against Hasina, keeping alive the four against Khaleda, he said.

It also quashed 7,000 cases filed against ruling party leaders, he added.

The BNP leader also alleged that over 18 lakh BNP activists have been implicated in false cases and all prisons have been filled with BNP leaders and activists.

Presided over by advocate Nipun Roy Chowdhury, the programme was also addressed by BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas, Barkatullah Bulu, Abdus Salam Azad and others.

The BNP observed the programme to distribute leaflets to protest against the police attack on party leaders and activists while they tried to show black flags on Sunday. The party held countrywide demonstrations on Monday, demanding Khaleda's release and protesting against the police action during its recent black-flag showing programme.

It also organised a human-chain, sit-in demonstration, token hunger-strike and protest rally in four phases after the conviction of Khaleda Zia.

The tomorrow’s meeting of the BNP policymakers is likely to discuss the ways for early release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and holding the next polls under a neutral administration will be discussed, said party sources.

The meeting will be held at the BNP chairperson’s political office in Gulshan at 4:00pm, with party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.

This has been confirmed by the BNP chairperson’s media wing officer, Shairul Kabir Khan.

This will be the second policymaking meeting of the party in the absence of Khaleda Zia, who has been convicted for five years in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and sent to Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.

 

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