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Quader urges Khaleda to return to positive politics

DHAKA, May 27, 2017 (BSS)- Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today urged BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to return to positive politics shunning the path of negative politics.

"I want to say the BNP Chairperson, whose party has been declared as a terrorist organization by an international court, to have patience and to return to positive political trend. Apologize to the countrymen for the misdeeds your party did in the past, otherwise your political existence would be at stake," he said in a statement.

Criticizing BNP Chairperson Begum Zia's statement, the ruling party general secretary said it does not seem befitting to BNP to give slogan of democracy as the BNP came to power through killing, coup and conspiracy.

The people of the country still remember the military ruler Ziaur Rahman and BNP's misrule, he said, adding the 15th February election in the name of democracy and killing of around 21,000 AL workers between 2001 and 2006 at the directives of Begum Zia's son Tarique Zia from so called 'Hawa Bhaban' still shake the democracy-loving people.

In the statement, Quader said, BNP's talking about democracy is nothing but a travesty of true, as they wanted to kill the then opposition leader and AL President Sheikh Hasina through the August 21 grenade attack at a rally in which 24 leaders and activists of AL, including Ivy Rahman, were killed.

He said the BNP chief did nothing for the welfare of the countrymen and her party activists during last eight years.

She (Begum Zia), Quader said, wanted only to save her and her family members from corruption by killing people and igniting fire-terrorism in the name of movement in which the people of the country did not respond.

The nation is still paying the heavily as the BNP had patronized militancy through blasting series bombs at over 500 places in 63 districts simultaneously, Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said.

The patronizers are still conspiring to turn Bangladesh into a militant country, he added.

He said Begum Zia would like to save the militants when the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina runs anti-militancy raids in accordance with her zero tolerance policy.

Quader said Awami League does not believe in politics of vengeance. The party believes in politics of rule of law, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)