[Dhaka Correspondent] BNP secretary general, Khandaker Delwar Hossain, Monday renewed his call for lifting the state of emergency (SoE) to ensure an atmosphere conducive to implementation of the agenda of the Election Commission and resumption of political activities.
“Immediate lifting of the state of emergency is necessary for implementation of the agenda of the Election Commission and resumption of normal political activities,” Delwar told a group of leaders and activists from Lalbagh, Shyampur and Sutrapur units of Dhaka city BNP at his Dhaka residence.
He also demanded release of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia, her two sons and other party leaders arrested on corruption charges and opening of the party central office, “We have repeatedly urged the authorities to open our central office. We need the office to conduct our everyday activities.”
Delwar described the party’s city unit as the nucleus of its activities and asked activists to remain united at any cost and ensure the party’s advancement, “The city unit is the center of all activities of the party. The movements launched from here spread across the country.”
Meanwhile, BNP chairperson’s adviser ASM Hannan Shah has expressed the hope that the interim government would hand over power to an elected parliament by holding the stalled general election in time.
“I hope the government will hand over power to elected representatives by holding fair polls in accordance with the people’s expectation,” Hannan Shah told newsmen in Gazipur Monday after appearing before the district court in a corruption case filed against him.
He denounced the government for dilly-dallying in allowing the BNP to open its central office and alleged that the government was applying “double standards” in this matter. He warned that the BNP activists would not accept if the government handed over the party office to “sycophants.”
Asked about the process of reconciliation between the conformists in BNP and the followers of the expelled secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Hannan Shah said the latter would have to apologize for tarnishing the image of the party.
Replying to a question about the reported initiative for bringing former BNP leaders Oli Ahmed and AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury back into the party fold, he said, “We have made no initiatives to get them back, as they have left the party voluntarily. If they want to change their mind, we have no comments about the matter at the moment.”