Khaleda Zia vows to launch campaign to oust Hasina
Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 21:19
Dhaka: Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh's main Opposition BNP, has vowed to launch an all out campaign to oust the ruling Awami League party to defend the country's national interest.

66-year-old Zia, a former Bangladesh Prime Minister, told her party activists that "there is no other alternative but movement".

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, spokesman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said "there is no time to keep mum now".

"The government is trying to eliminate BNP. There is no time to keep mum now and we will not spare them (government) in this circumstance,? he told reporters today at the party's office.

"Certainly after Eid, we must launch movement to protect the interest of the people and the there is no other alternative but movement," Zia, the chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was quoted as saying by the Daily Star newspaper.

The BNP supremo underlined her party's demand that the government scrap the "anti-national treaties" Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inked during her landmark India visit in January.

Alamgir underlined that party's determination to launch an all out campaign against the government as there was no scope for us to move back while a spontaneous nationwide general strike proved the peoples' hatred for the government.

BNP on Sunday enforced a nationwide general strike against the "eviction" of Zia from her cantonment residence. The party described the action as "illegal" since the case was pending in the Supreme Court.

The house, where Zia has been living for the past 40 years, was allotted to her under a controversial lease agreement 29 years ago after her husband, the then president Ziaur Rahman was assassinated in 1981.

However, the military's Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) said the Cantonment Board authorities "extended her the due honour as she vacated the house extending her cooperation in executing the court verdict".

The government last year scrapped the lease agreement of Zia's cantonment house, and the High Court last month rejected her plea to retain the posh 2.72 acres residence. A court deadline asking her to vacate the residence expired on November 12.

Zia last week challenged the High Court verdict before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court which is set to hear the matter on November 29.

She has had an uneasy relationship with the ruling party since her defeat in the 2008 parliamentary polls and the government's determination to move courts to get her two sons living in exile abroad to face trial on graft charges.


First Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 21:19

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