Kazi Zafar presents a bouquet to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday at the latter's Gulshan office in the capital after declaring that his Jatiya Party was joining the BNP-led 18-party alliance, the largest opposition outside the parliament which boycotted the recent 10th parliamentary election. Photo: Courtesy
Asking the government to come out of its “five-year-in-power illusion”, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said the days of Sheikh Hasina's “illegal administration” were numbered.
“Though the government is screaming it will stay in office for five years, it has in fact very few days. Count how many days you can remain in power,” she said.
The BNP chief made the remarks while addressing a programme on Kazi Zafar Ahmed-led Jatiya Party's joining the 18-party alliance at her Gulshan office.
The opposition combine now turns into a 19-party one.
A Jamaat representative, along with chiefs of the other alliance components, was present in last night's programme, where Zafar presented a bouquet to Khaleda.
In her speech, Khaleda welcomed Zafar's Jatiya Party for its “right decision” to join the alliance. “He [Zafar] is a veteran politician. We will get good advice from him,” she observed.
“From now on ours has turned into a 19-party alliance. You all know 19 is a very lucky number. The 19-party will bring good news for the country and ensure welfare of the people in the year 2014. People will reward us if we can work together.”
Terming the BNP and its allies “pro-liberation force”, Khaleda said, “We're the party of freedom fighters who had fought on the battlefields, while the Awami League is the party of freedom fighters who had only crossed the border.”
Describing the agitation against the January 5 polls as successful, the BNP chief said such protest across the country except in Dhaka did not take place even during the 1971 Liberation War.
Khaleda once again alleged it was the Awami League men who attacked the Hindus and looted and damaged their property to divert people's attention from the farcical polls.
Kazi Zafar said the country's independence was now at stake and democracy was dead.
The opposition leaders and activists must not get frustrated over the January 5 election, he added.