>CG’s popularity has dipped to ‘minus zero’: Khaleda

>DETAINED former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the popularity of this caretaker government has come down to “minus zero”. (Full report)
“It was told earlier that the popularity of the government was at the peak, but now after reading newspapers it seems that its popularity has come down to zero. But I say the government’s popularity has slid down not at zero but at minus zero,” she told journalists after the trial proceedings in Niko graft case against her and 10 others at a special court.
Judge Khandaker Kamal Uz-zaman of Special Court-9 set up on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises rejected the defence plea for adjourning the case and amid heated row set June 26 the next date for hearing on charge framing in the case.
Khaleda was produced before the court at 10:20am amid tight security.
Criticising the trial in special court, Khaleda said the trial should be done in light of the constitution and under the existing laws, not the Emergency Power Rules.
“What is happening here will not ensure justice. A move is underway to punish [the accused] by conducting the trial hurriedly, which is unfair and unjust and also part of the conspiracy and corruption of the government,” she said.
Asked if she is worried about getting justice, Khaleda said, “Of course, I am worried. How can I get justice?…Is it possible to ensure justice under emergency?”


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