Either lead us or let us lead: Oli to BNP | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:33 AM, May 16, 2019

Either lead us or let us lead: Oli to BNP

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Oli Ahmed yesterday said he is willing to take the responsibility for strengthening the 20-party alliance to free Khaleda Zia from jail and overcome the country’s political crisis.

“There’s no scope to sit idle as we must move ahead. We’ve taken an initiative (to strengthen the 20-party). I would like to request the BNP leaders that either you lead us or let us lead,” he said.

Speaking at a discussion, Oli further said, “It’s not possible for Khaleda Zia to give us directives from jail while Tarique Rahman can’t play an active role in the field from London... I’m ready to take that responsibility at this critical time of the country.”

LDP, one of the components the BNP-led 20-party, arranged the discussion on Khaleda Zia’s release and a mid-term election at Jatiya Press Club.

“Either strengthen our hands or ask us to strengthen yours, and we are ready to do that,” Oli said at the programme.

The LDP chief also said he is ready to “risk his life” to fight against the current “autocratic” regime.

He also said he has no reservation to accept the leadership of capable BNP leaders to launch a movement.

Oli strongly opposed BNP’s decision of sending its elected MPs to parliament, saying the party has legitimised the current government through it.

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