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BNP a 'toxic tree' in democracy: Inu

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Terming BNP a 'toxic tree' in democracy, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inuon Sundaysaid its proposal for the formation of an election-time supportive government is nothing but an excuse to create a ground to thwart the election.
"Khaleda Zia's agenda is to bring an unusual government thwarting the election. This is why they're placing the proposal for a supportive government... the proposal for a supportive government is just an excuse to create a situation for foiling the election," he said. The minister came up with the remark joining the general discussion over thanksgiving motion on the President speech in Parliament. He said there is no format of the supportive government and there is no system for such a government in the Constitution. He said a conspiracy started afresh to foil the election by making the court's recent verdict against Khaleda Zia an issue. BNP along with Jamaat and partners of the BNP-led 20-party alliance has become active following the court's judgment.
He said the trial proceedings of the case continued for 10 years and Khaleda Zia took 10-year time enjoying all legal facilities from the court. "So, the verdict in anyone's case cannot be a bargaining issue to participate in the election.

" Noting that election is not the agenda of BNP he said, "BNP's agenda is to stop the trial of war criminals, trial of graft cases filed against mother and son (Khaleda and Tarique), and those involved in burning people and killings." The Jasod President said now many people are arguing for an inclusive election. "The doors of election and court are open to all. Nobody is being kept outside the election or punished in the court forcefully." "The door of election is open to all except criminals. An inclusive election or inclusive democracy is in no way for criminals," Inu said adding that BNP participated in and boycotted elections in the last nine year as per its whim. He said BNP is a 'toxic tree' for the country's politics, which was planted by Ziaur Rahman. "The garden of democracy can't be safe having this toxic tree in the name of BNP," he added.
The minister said now the nation will have to take the decision that the 'toxic tree' BNP, will have to be boycotted if they want democracy.

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