Chairperson Khaleda Zia said since her party is the most popular and an
election-oriented one, it is ready for the December 18 national elections as
well as a 'movement'.
Dispelling confusion over her participation in the upcoming parliamentary
election, she questioned, “Why should I not be able to take part in election?”
She went on, “There is no bar to my participation in election. Even there is no
apprehension in this regard.”
Khaleda was talking to journalists at her Gulshan office for the first time
since her release from jail on September 11.
The former prime minister did not however explain the 'movement'.
Earlier, her aides requested journalists not to ask her any questions, saying
it is just a courtesy meeting with them.
Asked about her enrolment as a voter, the BNP chief said, “ Of course I will be
listed as voter since I am a citizen of the country”.
While in jail, she had refused to be enrolled as a voter despite repeated
efforts by the Election Commission,
“ Let us see," was her reply to a query on the number of constituencies
she would contest from in the coming election.
On seat-sharing among components of the BNP-led four-party alliance, Khaleda
said they are yet to decide on the matter but work is going on.
She reiterated the four-party stance on parliamentary election under the state
of emergency, saying the alliance decision is in place.