PM says nothing new at press conference : BNP leaders
Terming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks regarding BNP's participation in the next general election and allegations against party chief Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, top BNP leaders said she (PM) said nothing new in today's press conference.
The PM briefed journalists at a press conference arranged at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcome of her just-concluded visit to Cambodia. She visited Cambodia on December 3-5 at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.
In the press conference, PM Hasina said BNP itself to take decision whether it will participate in the next polls or not. "Those who don't believe in democratic system will not join the polls... we have nothing to do," she said.
Regarding Khaleda Zia's recent remark about granting pardon if BNP returned to power, the premier said she found the comment to be
"I'm not quite clear whether BNP chairperson was showing or seeking mercy for her attempt to kill me launching the 2004 grenade attack," she said.
"What offense I have committed for which I need her pardon," the premier said. Hasina also said that BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman must stand on the dock once he returns back home.
Giving instant reaction over the PM's comments, the BNP leaders said she (PM) always says same thing. There is nothing to be worried over Hasina's comment.
BNP Standing Committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman told the Observer that not only the PM, but her party leaders are also echoing the same thing for long....It is nothing new to us.
"We should hold a free, fair and participatory election which is our aspiration. So, we have to create understanding and trust for holding the election," he added.
Vice chairman Shamsuzaman Dudu said," Khaleda Zia have to appear before court every week. But, she is not allowed to hold meetings, move freely and expressing her opinions. Despite that, Khaleda told she pardoned the head of the government. It is her generosity."
Claiming that BNP is a democratic and election-oriented party, he also said that his party is ready to take part in polls at any time.