Update February 2, 2015

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Prime Minister says Khaleda will suffer a lot

Sumel Sarker

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

02 February 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hassina says BNP chief Khaleda Zia will suffer a lot. The government would not rush measures against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is leading the agitation for a snap election under a ‘neutral government’.

At a meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Party on Sunday night, the party president also advised them against ‘extreme’ reaction towards the 20-Party alliance programmes. The BNP and its allies, that boycotted the 2014 national polls, are conducting a violent campaign that has killed over 40 people since Jan 5.

But the Awami League has ruled out any election before 2019, when it is due as per the Constitution.

The ruling party leaders say the prime minister is firm on her stand. “She (Hasina) told us ‘the government is working against the sabotage unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat. So, don’t show extreme reactions’.  ” Khaleda Zia will suffer much. The government can take many steps against her but we don’t want to do anything just now.

The BNP and its allies, that boycotted the 2014 national polls, are conducting a violent campaign that has killed over 40 people since Jan 5.

But the Awami League has ruled out any election before 2019, when it is due as per the Constitution.

After the meeting, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed told the repoter’s they had talked about the BNP’s agitations. “What Khaleda is doing is not demonstrations but crimes against humanity, acts of terrorism and sabotage, and a step towards the rise of militancy. The law-enforcing agencies were taking “proper steps” and that the situation was improving gradually.

Sunday’s meeting was the Awami League Parliament Party’s first since the fifth session started.

The prime minister reportedly rejected Suranjit Sengupta’s proposal to adjourn Parliament for two weeks for the safety of the SSC examinees.

Jaipurhat-2 MP Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon and Parliament Whip Atiur Rahman Atik said they had been asked to create public awareness against sabotage.

Hasina also shot down Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali’s suggestion to go ahead with the SSC examinations amid blockades and shutdowns, saying she did not want to put the examinees at risk.

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