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BNP finds ill motive behind minister’s assertions over Khaleda’s parole

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BNP is sensing evil’ motive in “parole” talks from government side to release chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole.
Party spokesman and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday alleged “The government is now talking about our leader’s (Khaleda’s) parole after putting her life at risk. He termed it a cruel mockery over her life and treatment.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he said several ministers and Awami League leaders are relentlessly talking about their chairperson’s release on parole.
“She (Khaleda) will get released on bail through normal legal process. So, there’s an evil motive behind the ruling party leaders’ assertions over her parole. They’re also talking about it as part of their plot,” the BNP leader said.
He urged the government to ensure unconditional release of their ailing chairperson. “Don’t create a smokescreen by talking about parole.”
Otherwise, Rizvi said, their party together with people will take to the streets to have Khaleda freed from jail.
He also accused the government of spreading misleading information through the media about their chairperson’s domestic help Fatema Begum, who has been staying with her in jail.
“Khaleda Zia needs someone to assist her as it’s difficult for her to move and walk independently. That’s why Fatema has been staying with her following a court order. But the government is conducting propaganda through its controlled media over the matter,” Rizvi said.
Though a government-backed electronic media ran false news that Fatema’s family is in trouble as they are not getting her sally regularly, Rizvi said some newspapers presented the right information that Fatema’s mother is receiving the salary every month.
The BNP leader alleged that Fatema’s father was intimidated to tell the electronic media some wrong information about her stay in jail and her salary only to confuse people.
Malicious propaganda against Khaleda
Earlier on Tuesday, BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan alleged that the government is hatching various plots to belittle party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
He came up with the allegations while speaking at doa mahfil arranged by Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal in memory of its late executive president Abul Kashem Chowdhury at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
“There’re many conspiracies on to defame Khaleda Zia. She’s was convicted in false cases though she had no involvement with allegations. The government is saying she was punished for stealing the money of orphans, though no money was misappropriated,” said Nazrul.
He said the ruling party leaders try to malign Khaleda resorting to dirty politics and strategy as she is the most popular leader in the country.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, said the government has enchained democracy by sending their chairperson to jail.
He demanded the government release Khaleda immediately so that she can receive proper treatment for her serious illness.
The BNP leader also alleged that the government has destroyed the country’s election system by indulging in ‘vote fraud, ballot stuffing’ and election ‘manipulation’.
He said the very thin presence of voters at polling stations during the recent upazila polls has manifested how people lost their confidence and interests in the country’s election system.
Speaking at the programme, Rizvi said a private television took the interview of Fatema’s father about her stay in jail with Khaleda Zia by intimidating him.
“As our leader (Khaleda) has been suffering from various ailments, a person is necessary to stay with her. Fatema has been with her and she stays out of the prison cell. But a pro-government media has indulged in a foul game over the matter.”
He said the media which took the interview of Fatema’s father with an evil motive did not go to the fathers of rape victims in Noakhali’s Subarnachar and Kabirhat.
The BNP leader strongly denounced and protests such ‘propaganda’ by the media.

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