Observing that it is not necessary to be in parliament to become the opposition, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia during a hearing in a court yesterday said those who speak for people are the real opposition.
"Remaining in parliament never makes any party opposition, it can be from out of parliament if they stand for people," she said during the hearing in the Niko graft case at the makeshift court inside the Old Dhaka Central Jail.
The court set January 21 for the next hearing in the case while January 15 for hearing an application filed by the BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed, another accused in the case.
In the beginning of the days proceedings, Moudud Ahmed started reading out the first information report and the charge-sheet of the case. "It was the Awami League government which inked the deal with Niko. We just maintained its continuity. Those who struck the deal are now free. Ive no hesitation to say were now the opposition ..."
At this point, lawyer Borhanuddin reminded Moudud that they are not even the opposition now and Moudud instantly told the court they are now nowhere.
It was then when Khaleda who was sitting on a wheelchair came up with her remarks.