Delwar rejects Bhuiyan’s call

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

[Dhaka Correspondent] BNP secretary-general, Khandakar Delwar Hossain, Thursday rejected Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan’s call for the party’s unity, and asked him to apologize if he wants to return.

“BNP is united under the leadership of Khaleda Zia, and Mannan Bhuiyan will have to apologize to the party and appeal to her for permission to return to the party after agreeing to accept her leadership,” Delwar told newsmen at his Dhaka residence in response to Bhuiyan’s call to BNP’s leaders and activists to remain united for contesting the next election.

Expelled secretary-general, Mannan Bhuiyan, Wednesday called on BNP’s leaders and activists to remain united, “We do not want a rift in the party because of the reform initiative.”

“Bhuiyan’s statement is not clear. I won’t ask him and his cronies to return to the party after burying their reform agenda completely; rather they should suspend their so-called reform activities, at least until the party’s chairperson is free, as Awami League leaders are doing,” said Delwar. “It does not mean that we do not want reforms in the party. I myself and the party’s chairperson have long been talking about reforms. But reforms should be carried out in line with the party’s constitution.”

Delwar was critical of any move for reforms prescribed by quarters outside the party, “Anything imposed by any quarter will not be accepted.”

He was disappointed at Supreme Court’s stay order of the bail granted to Khaleda Zia by a High Court bench in the GATCO case, “We will continue our legal fight to free Khaleda Zia.”

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