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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Politics of Bangladesh

Khaleda's absence in anti-poverty rally hurts Speaker, Ashraf

Speaker Md Abdul Hamid Advocate said the absence of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia in the 'historic' anti-poverty rally has really hurt him, reports UNB.

His said this while addressing the 'anti-poverty rally throughout the country', marking the 'International Day for the Eradication of Poverty' at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre Saturday.

"This rally has been organised on behalf of the Jatiya Sangsad. This is neither a political rally nor any group's gathering. Here both head of the government and leader of the opposition have been invited as guests. Hence, the absence of the leader of the opposition has hurt me", he added.

He said when all preparations were completed and the whole nation was eagerly waiting to see the two leaders on the same dais to take an oath to work unitedly on all national issues, including poverty alleviation, the opposition leader abruptly disagreed to attend the function.

"As a matter of fact, I have had all preparations to hold such a historic rally after getting her due consent. The issues she has raised as reasons for not attending the event could have been mentioned even at this gathering. And the reaction of the government would have come up at the same time."

BSS adds: General secretary of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said Khaleda's stance for not joining the anti-poverty rally organised by APPG has frustrated the whole nation.

"Begum Zia, even being a responsible leader, has intentionally uttered many untrue remarks to justify her absence from the rally."

He said these while briefing reporters after a meeting of the secretariat body of the Awami League at party's Dhanmondi office Saturday.

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