Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday called upon the party leaders and activists for forging a tough movement through making more sacrifice for release of Khaleda Zia and holding the next general election under a neutral government.
He made the call addressing a divisional level public meeting in front of BNP Khulna district and city unit office on KD Ghosh road.
The local units of BNP organised the rally in front of BNP office following denial of police permission to hold it at Shaheed Hadis Park in Khulna city as local Mahila Awami League, women front of ruling AL called a rally at the same venue at the same time.
Mahila Awami League, however, did not hold any rally in Khulna on the day as they were not given permission to hold the rally at Hadis Park, said Khulna city AL assistant office secretary Mahbubul Alam Sohagh.
It was BNP’s first public meeting at divisional city level in the current movement for ‘unconditional’ release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail who was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by a Dhaka Special Judge’s Court on February 8.
Fakhrul said now the movement was not only for release of Khaleda, but also for democracy and election under a neutral government.
‘We definitely will be victorious in this movement. Desnetri Khaleda Zia did not lose morale in the prison; she has become bolder. So we all have to build up an irresistible movement through making more sacrifice,’ said the secretary general who along with other senior leaders met imprisoned Khaleda on March 7 at erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail in old Dhaka.
Fakhrul asked the government to read the language in people’s eyes and immediately take steps for holding a free and fair election under a neutral Election Commission.
He said the government was clinging to power with muscle power, saying they (government) were doing all kinds of ‘crimes’ to stay in power.
The BNP leader alleged that the present government totally destroyed the judiciary and forced the chief justice (former chief justice SK Sinha) at gun point to resign and go abroad.
Fakhrul said ruling Awami League leaders were plundering banks while the government was making only ‘empty’ sound.
Fakhrul asked police why they were becoming opponent of people.
BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan said Khaleda would be released through people’s strength and BNP leaders and activists would not leave street until freeing her from jail.
Another standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan claimed that Khaleda did not commit any corruption.
Presided over by Khulna divisional organising secretary and Khulna city BNP president Nazrul Islam Manju, the public meeting was also addressed by BNP leaders Barkat Ullah Bulu, Mehedi Hasan Munir, Mojibor Rahman Sarwar, Jayonta Kumar Kundo, Masud Arun, Khulna district BNP president Shafiqul Alam Mona and city unit general secretary and city mayor Moniruzzaman Moni.
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