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AL urges BNP to place demands in parliament
DHAKA, Mar 13 (BSS) - Awami League Advisory Council Member Tofail Ahmed, MP, today said the BNP would not get any benefit by forming alliance with the 'name-only' parties.

"Issuing threats of movement to the Awami League by forming an alliance with these parties will yield no result," he said while speaking at an extended meeting of the city AL at Bangabandhu Avenue central office of the party.

The meeting was held to make tomorrow's public rally of the 14- party alliance a success.

Tofail Ahmed said the AL leaders and activists would react, if they are hurt. "So long, the activists maintained silence, but this does not mean that the AL is weak," he added.

Presided over by city AL acting President MA Aziz, the meeting was also addressed by AL Joint General Secretary Mahbub- ul-Alam Hanif, Organising Secretary and State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam and City AL General Secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.

Tofail Ahmed said the Jamaat-Shibir activists want to protect
the war criminals under the patronage of the BNP. Resistance
would have to be built against those, he added.

The veteran AL leader urged the BNP to return to parliament.
He said no demand would be realized outside the House.

He suggested the opposition party to place its formula of
interim government system in parliament.

Referring to BNP's three-month ultimatum, he said such
ultimatums were issued in the past too. They may again say that
the government would be toppled after the next Eid, he added.

"The democratic government cannot be toppled by raising any
illogical demand," Tofail Ahmed said, adding that the caretaker
government is now a dead issue.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will deliver her speech
at the rally tomorrow to resist all conspiracies against the
elected government.

Tofail Ahmed said the BNP's 12 March rally could not be
termed as a 'grand rally.' Three-thirds of the attendants were
Jamaat-Shibit activists and only one-forth was BNP men.

The common people did not join the BNP rally, he said and asked Khaleda Zia not to cherish hope to topple the government through movement.

Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif urged the BNP to withdraw its 29 March hartal. He said no unconstitutional demand could be realized from the Awami League by issuing threats and ultimatums.

There is no scope to go back to the caretaker government system following the Supreme Court verdict, he said and urged the opposition leader to place in parliament if she has any proposal to make the next polls free and fair.

He refuted Begum Zia's claim that 15 journalists were killed
during the regime of the grand alliance.

Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said the 14-party rally slated for
tomorrow would be a warning signal for the opposition.

This country of pro-liberation forces and there is no room
for the razakars here, he said and added that the collaborators
would be tried during the tenure of the present government.
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