Tuesday, November 16, 2010

AL’s allies express mixed reaction

Most of the allies of the ruling Awami League did not directly support the eviction of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia from the Shaheed Mainul Road house at Dhaka cantonment.
They expressed mixed reaction while talking to New Age Sunday on whether Khaleda’s eviction her before exhaustion of the legal procedure at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court would benefit national politics.
Some of them also raised several questions about the incident.
‘From political perspective, it seems to me that it would have been wise if the government had not done it in haste,’ Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon told New Age on Sunday.
The police and plainclothesmen evicted Khaleda, also leader of the opposition, Saturday afternoon from 6 Shaheed Mainul Road house where she had lived for 38 years.
Menon, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on education ministry, however, believes that the entire issue of Khaleda’s eviction was a legal matter.
‘There was no stay order. They [BNP] did not seek a stay [on the High Court judgement]. So it seems to me that there was no legal digression [in the government action],’ he said.
Ganatantri Party general secretary Nurur Rahman Selim said that it should be investigated what actually happened at the Shaheed Mainul Road house on Saturday.
‘It should be clear whether she was evicted or not,’ he said.
Selim believes the issue would not have much impact on national politics.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasnul Haq Inu said the statement of Khaleda that she was forced out of the house and that of the ISPR that she had voluntarily vacated the house should be appraised to know what actually happened there.
He said he did not think the issue would have any major impact on national politics as there ‘is no relation between the hartal and issues affecting the people’.
The hartal was called against the court in a bid to keep a house in illegal possession, said Inu, also chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on post and telecommunications ministry.
Jatiya Party presidium member Kazi Firoz Rashid observed that eviction of Khaleda was ‘nothing but political vengeance’.
The BNP government had cancelled the allotment of the Dhanmondi house of Sheikh Rehana, sister of Sheikh Hasina, he said. ‘Now Khaleda has been evicted.’
Samyabadi Dal general secretary and industries minister Dilip Barua declined comments on the issue.
‘I was in Kolkata for five days. I do not want to make a statement on the issue,’ he said.
-New Age

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