Awami League presidium member and spokesman of the 14-party alliance Mohammad Nasim on Thursday said that legal step would be taken against the Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) if it doesn't seek apology to the nation for its remarks.
"Who are they? What's their identity? What the spokesmen of TIB wanted? TIB has to seek apology to the nation for its remarks. Otherwise, the 14-party alliance will take legal initiative whatever necessary against TIB," he said.
Mohammad Nasim said this at a press conference emerging from a meeting of Awami League-led 14-party alliance at the political office of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at Dhanmondi in the city.
The meeting was convened with a view to making success the public rally to be organised at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 2 to mark the Jail Killing Day of November 3.
Expressing indignation over TIB's remarks, Mohammad Nasim said, "How they could come up with remarks that the Parliament (Jatiya Sangsad) is a stage and a podium of puppet dance. The words used by TIB can't even be used by any political party. It's unpardonable. They have attacked the parliament in such derogatory languages which can't even be used by the BNP-Jamaat combine."
He said, "TIB didn't want holding of the January 5 national polls. An unconstitutional government would come to power if the polls were not held. It was their grievances (outburst) that their desire was not materialised. The so-called representatives of TIB have not only attacked the parliament but also dishonored public representatives elected through people's mandate."
Calling upon the Foreign Ministry to trace out the sources of money and the patrons of TIB, the senior Awami League leader said, "They have demanded early polls. Who have given them right to raise demand for election? They should engage in research work. Other than that they are coming up with remarks beyond their jurisdiction. It proved that they don't want democratic system of government but unconstitutional government. The people of Bangladesh had thwarted their conspiracy under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and would foil the same in future."
Terming as interwoven the recent killing of two foreigners, the bomb attack in Tazia procession and the murder of a police inspector, Mohammad Nasim said, "A lady political leader is now staying abroad. Incidents have been taking place one after another in the country as soon as she left the country for abroad. Those who had already been nabbed in connection with these incidents are known (identified) persons of a particular party."
Samyabadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua presided over the meeting, also attended, among others, by AL joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretaries Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Huq and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, agriculture affairs secretary Dr Abdur Razzak, relief affairs secretary Faridunnahar Laily, office secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, central working committee members Sujit Roy Nandi and SM Kamal Hossain, Workers Party politburo member Quamrul Ahsan, JSD general secretary Sharif Nurul Ambia, Jatiya Party (Manju) secretary general Sheikh Shahidul Islam, Ganatantri Party leader Nurur Rahman Selim, BSD convener Rezaur Rashid Khan, Communist Kendra leader Dr Wazedul Islam Khan, NAP (Muzaffar) leader Ismail Hossain and Gano Azadi League leader SK Shikdar.