Khaleda sees good people in AL
There are good and patriotic people in the Awami League, and BNP will take these people along to lead Bangladesh towards prosperity if the party comes to power through a free and fair election, said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“We want to engage in politics of peace, unity and development,” she said while exchanging Eid-ul-Azha greetings with the party men in London on Friday.
She said people in Bangladesh would be bound to take to the streets very soon, a Dhaka based journalist staying in the UK quoted her as saying.
Terming the present Sheikh Hasina-led government “illegal and unelected”, Khaleda called upon Bangladeshi expatriates to play their roles in the opposition's movement to restore democracy in Bangladesh like they did during the 1971 Liberation War.
“The whole nation has turned into a big prison and it is now waiting to be free,” she added.
This is for the first time Khaleda celebrated Eid abroad with her family members including her elder son Tarique Rahman, his wife Zubaida Khan Rahman and their daughter Zaima Zarnaz Rahman; her late younger son Arafat Rahman Koko's wife Syeda Sharmila Rahman and their daughters Zafira Rahman and Zahiya Rahman.
Tarique along with his family members have been staying in London since late 2008 and recently got political asylum. Koko's wife and daughters recently left Malaysia, where they have been staying since 2010.
Khaleda left for London on September 15 also intending to get her eyes and knees treated, according to the party.
She spent most of her time at Tarique's Kingston residence in East London on Eid day.
In the afternoon, Khaleda exchanged Eid greeting with her party's leaders, community leaders and different professionals at the War Park auditorium in Ilford, London.
The situation turned chaotic as the BNP's UK chapter leaders and activists engaged in scuffle in queues to greet Khaleda.