[Dhaka Correspondent] Detained BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, has asked her followers to take legal action against the Election Commission if it does not withdraw its invitation to M Hafiz Uddin Ahmed, appointed acting party secretary general at the October 29 meeting of the standing committee, for a dialog on electoral reforms.
“We have already received a verbal instruction from the chairperson [Khaleda Zia] to move the court for redress,” her adviser, ASM Hannan Shah, claimed Tuesday. “We will go for legal action in a day or two if the Election Commission does not withdraw its invitation.”
He, however, did not say how he got the instruction from Khaleda.
“The commission’s decision to invite them [Hafiz] to dialog on electoral reforms is illegal and it will raise doubt among the people about the commission’s ability to hold a free and fair election,” Hannan told newsmen at his Dhaka residence. He alleged that the commission had dragged itself into controversy by getting involved in ploys designed apparently by a “certain quarter of the government.”
“The commission’s decision will call into question its neutrality and it has to change the decision. Otherwise free and fair election could not be held.”
“The people of Bangladesh are not fools, the activists are conscious too. The commission referred to a standing committee meeting of the party held on October 31 but no meeting of the party was held on the day.”
“The controversial meeting at Saifur Rahman’s house was held on October 29… a number of members of the standing committee were forced to attend it and put their signatures on a blank sheet.”
“The proceedings they have published cannot be a political party’s decision. The draft was not prepared by any politician. Someone else prepared the draft and some standing committee members were taken there to act as witnesses.”
“There is a single stream in BNP and the leaders and activists of the party are united under the leadership of chairperson Khaleda Zia and secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain. We have the genuine claim to sheaf of paddy [the electoral symbol of the BNP].”
Khandaker Delwar Hossain Tuesday morning held separate informal consultations with Hannan Shah and a section of pro-Khaleda lawyers.