Tuesday, August 16

Khaleda denies meeting govt officials



BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today denied that any government officials met with her earlier in the month and said a panic situation is prevailing in Bangladesh Secretariat.

Referring to media reports that some public servants meet Khaleda at her Gulshan office on December 5, she said, “They (government officials) did not meet me. The government is blaming them to terminate them from service.”

Mentioning that 4,080 officers have already been made officer on special duty (OSD) and many others have been terminated from their services, the former prime minister said: “An anarchic situation is prevailing in the Secretariat.”

Khaleda was addressing the day-long convention of former and incumbent leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of BNP, at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka.

She said Jatiya Party must share the responsibility of government’s all misdeeds including killings and forced disappearances as JP is a part of the administration.

Over 50 public servants attended the meeting at Khaleda’s Gulshan office on Thursday, sources said.

They included a joint secretary, three deputy secretaries and a senior assistant secretary — all officers on special duty (OSD) — and some personal officers (PO) and administrative officers (AO).

Secretariat sources said a few former secretaries, including an ex-cabinet secretary, who are under the government’s watch, led the group.

Back in 2006, some 15 serving public officials who were known to be close to the BNP attended a secret meeting at an office of former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman on the night of November 24, triggering a huge uproar.