Dhaka, April 27: BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s instruction to public persecutors not to oppose their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petitions. “Since you (PM) talk about parole, you please instruct the public persecutors not to oppose Khaleda Zia’s bail. If it happens, parole is not necessary as she can be freed on bail,” he said, UNB reported.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the remarks while speaking at a human-chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club arranged by Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, demanding Khaleda’s proper treatment and release from jail.
On Friday, the Prime Minister in a press conference at Gono Bhaban said one has to apply first to be granted parole. “No one has applied for that so far.”
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s remarks, Moudud said it is clear that the government does not want Khaleda to walk out of jail. “Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail in false cases. But she’ll be freed today or tomorrow with dignity.”
Khaleda was sent to jail on February 8 last year as she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Later, she was also convicted in Zia Charitable corruption case. The BNP chief was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on April 1 last for treatment.
About the taking oath by their party MP-elect Zahidur Rahman Zahid, Moudud said the 11th parliament will not get legitimacy with joining by some BNP MPs-elect.
“Zahidur Rahman took oath. I don’t know what benefit the government will get if one or two more MPs-elected go to parliament like him (Zahid). But people know the current parliament won’t get legitimacy even if they take oath since it was not formed with people’s representatives,” he said.
The BNP leader also said it is not possible to legitimise this parliament, no matter whether their party’s six MPs-elect join it or not.
“A (political) vacuum has been created which is dangerous for the country. I would like to tell the government to hold an election in the country immediately under a neutral administration. If you do it, you’ll be able to overcome the awful situation while people get relief,” he added.
Moudud accused the government of trying to either split or eliminate BNP. “It won’t be possible to destroy BNP as it has become very stronger due to the repression by the government. BNP will exist as a party in Bangladesh over the next 100 years.”