‘Khaleda has gone to UK to linger graft trial’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the ruling party leaders and the members of her Cabinet not to express their reaction over the roadmap that the Election Commission announced on Sunday.
The instruction was given during the informal discussion after Monday's Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat with the Prime Minister in the chair, two senior Cabinet members told this correspondent.
They also confirmed that the Prime Minister also had a bilateral meeting with Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, also immediate past general secretary of the ruling Awami League, after the Cabinet meeting.
Although the contents of the bilateral meeting could not known, it was apprehended that the Prime Minister asked Syed Ashraf, a clean image leader of the ruling party, to be active in politics ahead of the upcoming general election to be held by December of 2018.
In the informal discussion with the Minister, the issue of BNP Chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's recent visit to United Kingdom was also discussed.
The Minister, preferring anonymity, said some of the Ministers criticised the BNP chief for her two-month long UK tour.
"Some Cabinet members claimed that Khaleda's UK visit was aimed at lingering the trial process of the two corruption cases against her. The trials of the cases are in the final stage now," one of the Ministers said.
Joining the discussion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commented, "Let us see if the BNP chief returns or not. Probably, she has gone to escape the trial, in which she would be convicted."
Sheikh Hasina also asked the partymen and Ministers to create public opinion over the EC's roadmap and take preparation to participate in the upcoming elections to be held in a free and fair manner.