Terming the money laundering case against Tarique Rahman politically motivated, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said cases are being filed as part of the conspiracy of the immediate past caretaker government to refrain Tarique from doing politics.
“The government has filed the money laundering case against Tarique Rahman to smear him politically, but all the cases must be withdrawn,” he said at a protest rally organised by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in front of the party's central office in Naya Paltan in the city.
Meanwhile, an official cross-party delegation of the United Kingdom met the BNP secretary general at the central office the same day.
Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday filed the case against Tarique and Giasuddin Al Mamun for laundering Tk 20.4 crore from Bangladesh by several routes to Singapore that violated the Money Laundering Act.
Earlier, Delwar also talked to reporters after placing a wreath at the grave of the party's founder late president Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Juba Dal.
“Please don't force us to wage a movement. You [government] would be forced to withdraw the case if we are forced to go to the street and people will bring an end to this misrule through movement,” he said at both the places.
The secretary general said repressive measures such as filing cases and launching assaults cannot divert people's reaction to other issues, adding that the recent case filed against Tarique is just another ploy to harass him.
“The government was framing charges against the BNP leaders to hide its failure in all sectors. It is now hatching a deep-seated conspiracy against BNP. It is withdrawing the cases filed against its leaders and activists and filing cases filed against our leaders. Now it began framing fresh charges,” he said.
Delwar said the government was taking steps against the country one after another as per the will of the forces that put them in power.
“The government is now plotting to allow corridor to India to make it easier for India to contain the dissidents in north-eastern seven sisters.”
BRITISH DELEGATION MET DELWAR
The official cross-party delegation comprising representatives from Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democratic Party met Delwar at the party's central office.
The delegation exchanged their views with the BNP leaders and discussed about the latest development of local politics.
Conservative Party representative Philip Broom led the delegation. Labour Party representative Nabila Sattar and Liberal Democratic Party representative Paul Speller were also present.
BNP Vice Chairman MK Anwar, standing committee members Khandkar Mosharraf Hossain, joint secretaries general Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Roy and Abdullah Al Noman and opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque were also present.
STATEMENT ON KERANIGANJ BNP
Delwar Hossain in a statement also protested filing a case against some 700 leaders and workers of the party and its front organisations in Keraniganj and termed the case 'baseless and false'.
“Police have raided the houses of BNP activists in Keraniganj and harassed them in the last three weeks,” he said, alleging that BNP activists cannot stay at their houses due to the police action.