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11th-Feb-2014

Train in politics: Mud-slinging

By STAFF REPORTER

Suddenly the symbolic word of 'train' has overtaken political mudslinging between leaders of the two major political parties.
Taking a dig at the Prime Minister's remark that BNP has lost the national election train, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday said, Sheikh Hasina has boarded an Indian train having failed to catch a Bangladesh train.
"The Prime Minister has failed to catch a train of Bangladesh Railways (BR) to have journey with the country's people. Finally, she has boarded an Indian train in which the guards, TTs and the Speaker have no link with our people," Rizvi quipped. In an apparent reaction to Rizvi's comment, Awami League publicity secretary and former minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said, it is better BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia should take a Pakistani train to go to that country as she loves Pakistan.
He made the comment yesterday at a press conference in the city.   
Earlier, at a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan Central office, the BNP leader Rizvi came up with the sharp reaction to the Prime Minister's earlier remark that BNP has boarded the train of upazila-polls after missing the January-5 election train.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, addressing a public rally in Rajshahi's Sarda on Saturday, said 'Golapi' (Khaleda) is now riding the upazlia train, having missed the train for the national election."
Emphasising that BNP boards only people's train, Rizvi threatened that they together with the country's people will derail the Indian train through a vigorous movement.
He alleged that the law enforcers are harassing BNP-backed upazila election candidates to create panic among the BNP supporters.
Rizvi said the law enforcers are arresting the BNP candidates, filing 'false' cases against them so that they cannot win the polls.
Condemning the law enforcers' action, Rizvi warned the government that people are preparing at every house to stage a mass upsurge to oust this regime. Criticising the joint forces for what he said killing opposition leaders and activists in the name of crossfire, the BNP leader said the brutality of the current joint forces has outshined that of the Rakkhi Bahini in 1975.