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11 September, 2015 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 September, 2015 10:35:02 PM
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Khaleda’s arrest will be last nail in BNP’s coffin, says Ershad

STAFF REPORTER, Ctg

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad has said that the BNP is now in the coffin, and the last nail in it will be put the day Khaleda Zia is imprisoned.   
“At a rally in Mymensingh before 1/11, Khaleda Zia said that 'jail will be the destination of Ershad. Ershad will have to come out of the jail dead'. Khaleda thought that she would come to power again. But I am alive. I am waiting eagerly to see who comes out dead,” said the former President.
Alluding to the BNP, he said: “There is a party in the country that does not take to the streets even after declaring that it will launch a movement.”
Ershad said this while addressing the JP’s city unit biennial council as chief guest at the GEC Convention Centre in the city.
 “We have seen the true nature of parliamentary democracy. In a parliamentary democracy there is an Opposition party. However, the Opposition never goes to Parliament. Ours is the real Opposition party that has established parliamentary democracy by criticising the government,” said Ershad, who is also Special Envoy to the PM.
“People are not in peace. They cannot speak; they have become deaf and dumb. Democracy has been buried 100 feet below the ground. People do not have the right to speak or write. Their voice has been gagged,” added Ershad.
Ershad also alleged that ruling party men were grabbing lands of Hindus who had voted the government to power.
“Hindus are leaving the country. In the past, 10 per cent Hindus used to live in the country, but now the figure has come down to a meagre six per cent,” said Ershad.
Urging the Hindus not to leave the country, the former President said: “The day is not far-off when the Jatiya Party will assume state power again. Please wait for that day to come.”
While addressing the council, Ershad claimed that there was no child or women repression during his regime.
He criticised the government’s decision to impose 7.5 per cent VAT on tuition fees of private universities.
“The money which will be collected from VAT is very negligible. On the other hand, hundreds of crore have been siphoned off from BASIC Bank and Sonali Bank. In a bid to downplay the siphoned off money, the finance minister shamelessly said that three or four thousand crore Taka is not a matter of great concern.

 

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