‘We have nothing to do if doesn’t join polls’: PM

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Dhaka, Feb 19: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government has nothing to do if BNP does not take part in the next general election.“It is a political decision. We have nothing to do whether BNP participate in the next general election,” she said.

The premier made the assertion while addressing a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban in the afternoon about the outcome of her recent official visit to Italy and Vatican City.

Regarding Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, Sheikh Hasina said the close aids of Khaleda Zia filed the case against her and the court has delivered the judgment. “What can we do in this regard?”

She also criticised BNP for dropping section seven from its charter and making Tarique Rahman, acting chairman of the party.

“Has the BNP plunged into a severe setback? Don’t they have any leader (except Tarique), who could be the acting chairman of the party,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Tarique Rahman himself is a convicted fugitive and he has been made acting chairman of BNP by dropping the section seven from the party constitution before the judgment of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Tarique Rahman left the country during the last caretaker government regime giving an undertaken that he would not involve in politics, the newsmen were told.

Regarding question papers leak, Sheikh Hasina observed that the question papers were leaked earlier. “Now, it is happening due to the development of technology and it is the adverse impact of it.”

The prime minister went to Italy on Sunday last on a four-day official visit to join the meeting of Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as one of its keynote speakers at the invitation of IFAD President Gilbert F Houngbo.

At the invitation of Pope Francis, Hasina also visited the Holy See (Vatican City) and held meetings with the Pope and Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Hasina returned home on Saturday evening after making a stopover in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.