‘Now BNP to travel by local train’

Ruling Awami League Publicity and Publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud said after missing the inter-city train now BNP has announced to travel by local train. “BNP has decided to take part in the upazila parishad elections. We thank BNP for their good sense,” he said.
Hasan Mahmud, also the former forests minister, compared the national polls with the inter-city train and the upazila election with local train while addressing a press conference on Saturday at Awami League president Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the city.
Awami League leaders Afzal Hossain, Bodiuzaman Bhuiyan Dablu, among others, were present in the press conference.
Terming the absence of Jamaat in the 18-party’s January 20 Suhrawardy Udyan rally a show-off, the Awami League leader said the real thing has been exposed through the comments of BNP acting secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Nilphamari on Friday. “As fish can’t live without water likewise BNP wouldn’t able to move without Jamaat”, he added.
While talking to reporters in Nilphamari on Friday, Fakhrul said that Jamaat is in the 18-party alliance and will remain in the future. “You (BNP) always approach to the foreigners. Severe ties with the Jamaat even according to the advice of the foreigners.” BNP leader Asaduzzaman Ripon on Friday said if any mobile court conducts drive the illegal passengers who boarded the January 5 election train without tickets could face fine or jail as people didn’ t give them mandate to form any government. Replying to the comment of the BNP leader Hasan Mahmud said the electoral train reached its destination as new government has been formed. The train didn’t face mobile court before reaching its destination, he said.
Awami League leaders Afzal Hossain, Bodiuzaman Bhuiyan Dablu, among others, were present in the press conference.