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Thursday, 06 November 2008

London, Nov 5 (bdnews24.com) – Sheikh Hasina has said Awami League will go to the election "if things are all right even if the BNP decides not to".

Hasina spoke to Bangla media reporters at a central London hotel on Tuesday before leaving London around 7pm BdST on Wednesday for Dhaka.

She had a transit halt at London on her way back home from the United States.

The declaration came as her arch political foe BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Wednesday asked all to avoid what she termed was an unacceptable election on the cards.

Acting AL president Zillur Rahman echoed Hasina to say the Dec. 18 general election is a must, "whether any particular party participates or not".

Zillur made the comment to a group of AL supporters at his Gulshan residence on Wednesday.

Asked if her party would participate in the polls amid emergency, she replied in the affirmative.

Hasina rejected outright suggestions of any secret power-sharing deal with the government.

"Awami League can never have such a deal with a non-elected government."

She asserted that her party "wants to help the interim government's exit, not to make them permanent."

The former prime minister said the government's anticorruption drive was "not transparent" although time demanded it.

Her party members had been victim to conspiracies and harassment, even though Awami League did not believe in corruption, she alleged.

If elected, her party would "further strengthen the Anticorruption Commission and curb the price hike," the AL chief told reporters.

Asked if they would keep off elections in case of an adverse situation, she declined to make a "comment that would give a chance to a quarter to foil the election."

About nomination of expatriate candidates, Hasina said her party had to make an unanimous decision on the issue.

Senior journalist and columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, UK AL president Shamsuddin Khan, party leader Jalal Uddin, UK Youth League Anwaruzzaman Chowdury also attended the briefing.

Source: http://bdnews24.com

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sumon  - Corruption |2008-11-30 06:09:04
There are two main parties in bangladesh. And i want to say, i believe neither of them whatever they say. One thing i don't understant how public believe them, while they caught as a great corruption. Al president shek hasina said they don't believe in corruption. Ok if you don't believe in corruption why you give speech when you are staying out of country instead of staying your mother land. does she love our country? not at all. she does not have any patritism about our mother land. As a leader she should stay all the time with people of bangladesh. she should think about how can we progress our country not only she but also BNP chairperson Khaleda zia. Instead of talking about progressing our country, they find each other good and bad side. who is resposible for this critical situation in bangladesh? this two main parties. Because of them we are one of the poorest country in the world. Sometime I feel very unhappy abou my country, why we don't think about our country, as the rich country do. I wish one day we will be familliar as a rich country in the world.
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