BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday alleged that the Awami League government ‘forced’ Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to depart the country and step down.
He said: “We have heard that a writ petition was filed against 154 unelected members of parliament and Chief Justice was supposed to deliver the verdict after he returns home.
“The verdict might go against the illegal lawmakers and the government would become illegitimate if it was done. Fearing this, the government compelled him (Sinha) to quit.”
The BNP leader came up with the statements at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal with its general secretary Shamsuzzaman Dudu in the chair at the National Press Club in the capital marking, what they said, ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’.
Mosharraf said resignation of the chief justice is ‘an ominous sign and disgraceful’ for the nation. “An unprecedentedly evil example has been set in the Supreme Court. People will never approve of it,” he said.
He claimed that the governing Awami League intends to ‘revive the unwritten one-party rule BAKSAL by destroying’ pillars of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, also vice chairman of the BNP, claimed that they believe in ‘constitutional’ politics, movement and election as well as popular uprising. “We will not go to the polls under Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
Meanwhile, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is scheduled to hold a meeting with top leaders of the 20-party alliance today to discuss the country’s latest political situation and decide next course of action, party sources said.
A top-ranking leader of the party told daily sun that issues like chief justice’s resignation, city corporation elections, formula of the election-time government, Khaleda’s Cox’s Bazar visit and her plan to visit some other cities and districts may come up for discussion at the meeting.
It will be Khaleda Zia’s first meeting with leaders of the BNP-led coalition after her return to the country.