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PM’s threat to send Khaleda to jail due to her political vengeance: BNP

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wanted to send BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail again due to political vengeance.

“Her [Sheikh Hasina] remarks have proved how vengeful they are. They don’t believe in democracy, they don’t believe in the independence of the judiciary,” he said at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka.

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Thursday threatened to send BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail again if the party leaders and workers cross limit in their anti-government movement.

“She said this at a time when the movement for democracy has started in the country and when the people of the country are moving to protect their rights,” he said.

Fakhrul said the prime minister was not living in the right place if she thought that this kind of threat would hinder or suppress the democratic movement while the country was in various crises.

“It will not be possible to suppress the people’s movement that has already been started. People are agitating and struggling to protect their rights. No threat will work here,” he said and added that the government as well as the ruling Awami League was doing excess.

“They are the ones who have created state sponsored terrorism and destroyed democracy. Today, they are using their Awami terrorists to obstruct our constitutional right to assemble. What the prime minister meant by excess, she should answer,” Fakhrul said.

He said that BNP’s aim was to bring back democracy in the country and, therefore, this government should be removed.

“The graves of democracy have been created in the country. If we want to escape from here, we have to say goodbye to this government through the massive movement. People will bring back democracy at any cost,” he said.

The government should be removed through a mass uprising, he said.