Ruling Bangladesh Awami League's (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday expressed his doubt whether BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will at all return to the country.
“Time will say if she [Khaleda Zia] will extend her time of stay abroad, being afraid of (outcome of) prosecution here or will return to the country showing courage the way Sheikh Hasina did during the emergency government after 1/11 (11 January 2007 takeover),” said Quader.
Also, the roads and bridges minister, Quader, made his observations, in response to a question from newsmen at the Bangladesh Secretariat after a meeting with the representatives of a civic body, ‘Nirapad Sarak Chai’.
Former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia reached London on Sunday on a personal tour for her medical treatment.
She is expected to return home from the UK after celebrating Eid-ul-Azha there with her family members unless there is major political development back in the country.
Quader said, “The chairperson of such a big political party has gone abroad for so long time that it creates a rumour if she fled the country out of fear of cases (prosecution outcome).”
The AL leader went on saying, “Will she not return out of fear of case? The doubt is being concentrated after she sought times from the court as much as 150 occasions.”
He claimed that the doubt is spreading its tentacles among the people.
In an oblique reference to the stay of the BNP’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in London, he further said, “One doesn’t come to Bangladesh out of fear of prosecution even after a long time while the other went to the bank of Thames river.”
When his attention was drawn to the EC’s just-announced roadmap for the 11th national elections, the ruling AL general secretary said they will comment on the issue only after observing the implementation of the roadmap.