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Amid swirling speculation, BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday rejected the possibility of the six lawmakers-elect of the party joining Parliament. Speaking at a publication ceremony, he said the party’s standing committee took the decision in consultation with acting chairman Tarique Rahman. - A home for your website

“The question of the party"s six lawmakers-elect joining Parliament does not arise. This is because it"s our party decision that the elected lawmakers won"t join the House. We"ve also decided to convey to them (the MPs-elect) the party decision,” he said. He explained that there was no reason to join Parliament, saying they know the nature of the present government. He also mentioned the ruling Awami League"s attitude towards them in the ninth Parliament.

BNP secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, also an MP-elect of the party, spoke at the function as the chief guest. However, he did not make any comment on the issue.

Shato Nagorik Committee arranged the launch of a book titled "Khaleda Zia: Tritiyo Bishwer Konthoshwar" ("Khaleda Zia: A Voice of Third World") at the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium.

Former Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Prof. Emajuddin Ahmed and poet Abdul Hye Sikder edited the 860-page book. This is the first book based on complete research into the BNP chief"s political life. Mirza Alamgir advised the party leaders and activists not to be frustrated, saying that the BNP would turn around again under the leadership of the party"s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia. “I never agree with them who say the BNP has been

eliminated. Rather the party will overcome the current adverse situation, as in the past,” he said. He said the BNP went through such crises many times in the past and bounced back since it is a party of the country"s masses.

Mirza Alamgir accused the government of sending Khaleda to jail with a motive to destroy the BNP and the country"s politics, but said it would not be possible to do so as the party does politics for the people and the country.

BNP leaders Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Dr Abdul Moin Khan, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and others also spoke on the occasion.