Accusing the government of continuing the trial proceedings of corruption cases against their party chief out of political vengeance, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday said Khaleda Zia will be acquitted if the court acts neutrally, reports UNB.
Speaking at a discussion organised by Democratic Council at the Jatiya Press Club, the BNP leader also alleged that the government is not allowing opposition parties to hold rallies and take out processions as it is again conspiring to hold a unilateral election.
Mentioning that Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable graft cases filed against Khaleda are baseless and unlawful, he said, "The two cases are being run only to harass and humiliate her. As a lawyer, I want to say if the court remains neutral and the judges discharge their duties impartially to ensure justice, Khaleda Zia will be acquitted. I also think it won't be possible to convict her."
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the government and the Election Commission must ensure a level-playing field for all from now on for holding the next polls in a fair and credible manner.
"The Prime Minister has already started her election campaign. She held a public rally in Bogra and sought vote for boat. It seems that the government is plotting to hold unilateral election again," he alleged.
Moudud urged the government to restore a democratic atmosphere in the country and allow BNP to hold rallies and peaceful programmes. "The Election Commission can say the government that there will be no bar on holding any rallies by the 20-party alliance from now on."
He said the government does not allow BNP to hold any public rally as it fears public gatherings.
Urging the government to come to the path of understanding, the BNP leader said their party wants to solve political problems through talks.
He warned that their party will have no alternative to carrying out movement if the government does not come to an understanding to overcome the 'political crisis'.