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Keep count of days, let alone 5 years, Khaleda asks govt

Kazi Zafar’s JP joins BNP-led alliance

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The chairman of a Jatiya Party faction, Kazi Zafar Ahmed, presents the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, with a bouquet in her office at Gulshan in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photoThe chairman of a Jatiya Party faction, Kazi Zafar Ahmed, presents the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, with a bouquet in her office at Gulshan in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday ridiculed the incumbent government for asserting that it would stay in power for five years and asked it to see for how many days it could survive.
‘They [Awami League government] plundered wealth in last five years. Now they say they would stay in power for another five years so that they could plunder more wealth. Keep count of days, let alone five years… Their days are numbered,’ Khaleda said.
Addressing a function at her office at Gulhsan last night, she said the people would remove the AL government for its misdeeds.
The function was organised on the occasion of Jatiya Party faction’s joining the BNP-led 18-party alliance. The faction is led by its chairman Kazi Zafar Ahmed.
Khaleda said that not a few but every AL man had made millions of Taka by looting public wealth.
Welcoming the Jatiya Party faction to her alliance, she said now the alliance had turned into a 19-party alliance.
She said 19 was a ‘lucky number’ adding that 19-party alliance would carry ‘good message’ in the year 2014 for the people.
Khaleda said, ‘On this day [January 25] in 1975, democracy was killed through the imposition of the one-party BKSAL rule but today the BNP-led alliance has been extended.’
She said the country was in ‘danger’ and ‘conspiracies’ were on and asked all to unite to free the country from the grip of ‘autocracy’.
Earlier in the afternoon, Kazi Zafar told an extended meeting of his faction’s executive committee at Gulshan, ‘We have joined today and from now on the 18-Party will be a 19-Party alliance.’
Kazi Zafar, the faction chairman, at a press conference at Gulshan said that the executive committee at an extended meeting on the day had unanimously decided that the party would join the BNP-led 18-party alliance.
‘We are going to join the 18-party [alliance] which would from now on be known as the 19-party [alliance]. We are the mainstream Jatiya Party and [HM] Ershad is a villain and [his wife] Rawshan [Ershad] is pro-Awami League,’ Kazai Zafar said adding, ‘The people of the country is prepared to welcome a mass uprising.’
‘Democracy is absent in the country. We want to fight for restoring the voting rights of the people,’ Zafar said.
He prophesied that the fall of the ruling government appeared imminent.
The executive council meeting of Kazi Zafar-led JP faction was attended by former lawmakers TIM Fazle Rabbi, Abbas Ali Khan, Golam Reza and SM Alam.
The 18-party alliance, led by the BNP, is mainly an alliance of centrist and right-wing parties, including Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
The JP faction, led by kazi Zafar Ahmed, boycotted the January 5 controversial polls.
Kazi Zafar was expelled from the Ershad-led JP in November for what Ershad said making ‘indecent remarks’ on him.
Zafar on December 20 formally declared himself the chairman of the JP and Golam Moshiah as its secretary general.




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