Fakhrul phones urging Khaleda’s bail, claims Obaidul Quader

Road Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had made a phone call to him urging release of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia on bail. Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, made the disclosure at a press conference held at Awami League President’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital on Friday.

However he said that he had nothing to do in this regard as the court is the legal authority to grant her bail. “The case filed against Begum Zia was not political, so the granting of bail to her is totally depends on the court, not upon the government,” said Obaidul Quader.

Urging the BNP for doing positive politics by avoiding conflict, violence and revenge, Quader said that’s the only way for increasing public support for BNP. Replying to a query he said the graft case against the BNP chief was filed during the caretaker government. So, the case is not political and the government has nothing to do regarding granting bail to her (Begum Zia).

He, however, told journalist that the government is providing better treatment to Begum Zia as they are quite sincere to this matter. Criticizing the BNP leaders, Quader said the statement made by them about Begum Zia’s physical condition did not match with the report provided by the physicians.

Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organizing secretaries SM Kamal Hossen and Advocate Afzal Hossen, publicity secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, office secretary Barrister Biplob Barua and deputy office secretary Sayem Khan, among others, attended the press briefing.

However, no reaction from Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir or his party BNP could be managed. Meanwhile, BNP has announced a demonstration programme today (on Saturday) in capital Dhaka demanding unconditional release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office announced the programme. Rizvi said their demonstration programme will start from the party office and also parade different city roads.