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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2709

Bangladesh opposition BNP to face the party chief’s house cancellation decision politically, party general secretary says

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 11 April (Asiantribune.com): The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain on Friday said his party will politically face any governmental move to evict party chief Khaleda Zia from her Dhaka cantonment residence.

Earlier, on Thursday another top BNP leader said they will also face the situation legally.

"Today, if the government evicts her by an illegal decision, we will handle that politically", Delwar told reporters at his Armanitola home in old Dhaka. She [Khaleda] has spent 28 years of her widowed life in that house since her husband's death, he added.

He warned that the government would have to take responsibility for any untoward happenings that might arise.

On the other hand Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday warned, action would be taken if the opposition attempts to create unrest in the country over the cancellation of Khaleda zia’s cantonment home.

Sahara Khatun attending at a ceremony of an front organization of Awami League said the government would take action against the people trying to destabilise the country over the cabinet decision to free the land occupied by Khaleda Zia ‘illegally.’

BNP secretary Delwar criticizing the government for cancelling the lease on the house said since her husband's killing, she [Khaleda] has been living in that house which had been leased to her as per an unanimous decision by the second parliament in 1981.

The residents still held the house deed and all legal papers based on which the Cantonment Board had handed it to Zia family, he said.
He trashed the allegations raised by law minister Shafiq Ahmed and commerce minister Faruq Khan that Khaleda's occupation of the house had been illegal.

He said the responsibility is not on the cabinet of ministers to cancel a house allotment to an individual.

He alleged the government was failing to deliver on its election pledges and that’s why, trying to divert people's attention to minor issues. He once again asked the government to withdraw the unjust decision.

A cabinet meeting, chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina on April 8 decided to cancel the lease on the 6 Moinul Road bungalow in Dhaka Cantonment that was given to Khaleda Zia after the May 30, 1981 murder of her husband, BNP 'founder' and army chief-turned-president Zia.

Hasina argues that the house was allocated to Khaleda in violation of the Cantonment Board Law.

Hasina had previously said the government would build apartments on the 2.72-acre plot and allocate two apartments to each family of army officers slain in the BDR mutiny, should the opposition leader return the house.

On the other hand the BNP leaders said they will go for legal battle challenging the decision of the government.

- Asian Tribune -

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