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BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan sent the statement to the media.

Sayrul said Alal is now undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India, for his kidney complications.

In the statement, Alal said, “As I’ve had a serious surgery, my family has kept me away from all the bad news. Even though I came to know late that my comments that I made in the past caused huge controversies.”

In his 49-year political career, the BNP leader said, he did not intentionally hurt the dignity, feelings and beliefs of anyone. “But, as a human being, I’m not above mistakes.”

“So, I apologise to all who have been hurt by my careless comments. At the same time, I'm withdrawing the comments,” Alal said.

On Sunday, Khulna District Lawyers’ Association president Saiful Islam filed a case against Alal under the Digital Security Act for his derogatory remarks on prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

According to the case statement, Alal made disparaging remarks on Sheikh Hasina and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during a discussion on 1 October.

Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also recently criticised Alal for the disparaging comments and said he must offer a public apology.

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