(BNP Communication) —  BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday described the prime minister’s announcement to abolish the quota scheme in public service in the face of a students’ movement as a “people’s victory.”

“The prime minister has announced that there will be no quota in government jobs as she could finally realize the intensity of the movement. They [government higher-ups] could also understand it will be difficult for them to stay in power if the movement continues,” he said.

Speaking at a discussion event, the top BNP leader further said: “I would like to say it’s a victory of the people while the government has suffered a defeat.”

A faction of the Labour Party arranged the program at the National Press Club, demanding the deployment of the army in the next general election in December this year.

In the wake of a nationwide movement by students and job-seekers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday announced that there would be no quota in government jobs.

Moudud, a member of BNP’s highest policymaking forum, urged his party colleagues to get inspiration from the students’ movement to realise their rights. “We’ll also establish our rights the same way. We’ll free our chairperson Khaleda Zia through a mass movement.”

Terming the students’ demand for reforming the quota scheme justified and rational, he said the movement has reflected the outburst of pent-up anger of people and common students across the country. “The students also voiced their resentment against the way the country is ruled.”

On February 8, a Dhaka court convicted and sentenced BNP chief and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.