159Published on December 1, 2021
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader said although BNP has created the wall of division in the politics, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suspended the jail sentence of Khaleda, giving her an opportunity to take treatment staying at her home.
He said, Awami League is not responsible for the legal complications created over the treatment of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia abroad.
AL's general secretary made the remark on Tuesday while speaking at a meeting with the party's central, Dhaka city and associate bodies' leaders at AL President Sheikh Hasina's political office in the city's Dhanmondi.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said Khaleda was sued during the caretaker government and she was convicted in cases. "So, she has to abide by the law...sympathy was shown. The Awami League is not responsible for the legal complication regarding her treatment abroad," he said.
The AL general secretary said as per the directives of the Hawa Bhaban, a grenade attack was carried out to kill AL President Sheikh Hasina.
Bangabandhu was killed along with most of his family members under the patronage of the BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, he said, adding that this would not have been possible without Zia's consent.
He said despite attempts to kill Sheikh Hasina, arrangements have been made showing the utmost humanity to her so that Khaleda can stay at her home. Blaming the BNP for violence in the Union Parishad elections, Quader said the BNP men are getting involved in violence shouldering on the AL rebel candidates.
About half bus fare for students, the road transport minister said the half fare on public transport was effective from the past, while the government has confirmed half fare for students on BRTC buses.
Announcing the AL's Victory Day programme, he said there will be a rally on December 16. The President of India will attend the national progarmme on December 11, Quader said, adding that there would be a month-long programme with billboards, banners, festoons and lighting.
The AL's affiliated organisation will take respective programmes in line with the AL's programme, he said. AL presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Faruk Khan, Dr Abdur Razzaque, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, its joint general secretaries - Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and AFM Bahauddin Nasim -, organising secretary Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel, Mirza Azam, SM Kamal Hossain and Afzal Hossain, Dhaka South City AL president Abu Ahmed Monnafi and Juba League chairman Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash were, among others, present at the meeting.