Manna challenges

24 February 2015 bdnews24.com


Nagarik Oikya Convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna, now at the centre of raging discussions on the social media after his leaked phone conversations, has virtually acknowledged the dialogue while reacting to the news.
bdnews24.com on Sunday broke the news of an audio clip containing the conversation among Manna, one of the main advocates of a national dialogue to resolve the current political crisis, BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka, and an unidentified person. In the conversation with the unidentified person, Manna, a former student leader, expressed his eagerness to sit with generals for a military intervention.
The former vice president (VP) of the Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) told Khoka that a few deaths could destabilise the government if a clash over occupying the university dormitories could be engineered.
Manna is a former Awami League leader, who quit the party to form his own organisation. The Awami League is now leading a coalition that constitutes the present government.
Reacting to the reported contents of the audio clip, Manna told bdnews24.com that he was "surprised, stunned and upset seeing the headlines of the news about the conversations".
"What have you made of the actual thing! What misleading heading have you given! I am surprised, stunned and saddened seeing them," an upset Manna said. At no point, however, did he deny that it was not his voice on the audio clips.

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