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BNP bins Quader's remarks

High commission in London attack

BNP bins Quader's remarks

BNP on Tuesday termed 'baseless and fabricated' Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader's comment that its acting chairman Tarique Rahman behind the attack on Bangladesh High Commission office in London, reports UNB. "Awami League leaders are making unguarded remarks to belittle Tarique Rahman out of their anger. Obaidul Quader's comment involving him (Tarique) with attack on Bangladesh High Commission office in London is baseless and fabricated and," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Speaking at a press briefing, he said Tarique never asked his party men to indulge in violence or show any inhuman attitude towards his political opponents. On Monday, Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, claimed that Tarique was involved with attack of the Bangladesh mission office in London. He also alleged that the BNP acting chairman has been carrying out various plots against the country. BNP leaders and activists reportedly attacked the High Commission on February 7 during their protest programme in front of it. Meanwhile, the UK chapter of BNP apologised for what it said an unexpected incident at the High Commission. The statement signed by UK BNP president MA Malek and general secretary Kaisar M Ahmed. It said when the UK unit BNP leaders went to submit a memorandum at the Bangladesh High Commission London on February 7, the acting high commissioner refused to accept the it and showed utter bad manner to them which lead to some unbecoming and isolated incidents. "BNP is always in favour of observing the programmes in a peaceful manner both at home and abroad. We apologise for the untoward incident." Another report adds: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said that Tarique Rahman is enough to intensify the crisis of BNP. The Road Transport and Bridges Minister came up with this remark while answering to the reporters after reviewing the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) mobile court at Airport Road. Terming BNP a big political party, he said, Awami League doesn't want any split in it. If the party gets split then BNP itself will be responsible for that, he said. "We will not intensify BNP's crisis. Tarique Rahman alone is enough for it", he said adding that the ruling party wants competition in the election with the participation of a big party like BNP. "We will not be happy if BNP walks out from the election, it will be nothing encouraging for us," said the minister. Quader wondered how will they (BNP) continue movement if they stay indoors. The court will take the final decision whether Khaleda Zia will get bail or not, the government has no control over it, he added.

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