Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday claimed that the government was hatching a conspiracy to keep the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia detained as the ruling Awami League is in fear of ‘being washed by the surge of popular movement.’
He came up with the remarks while addressing a discussion organised by Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Welfare Front, a platform of
members of pro-BNP minor religious community, for release of Khaleda from jail.
A High Court division on Monday granted four months bail to Khaleda, who was sentenced to five years in a graft case by a Dhaka special judge’s court on February 8 and sent to erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail in the Old Town of Dhaka.
Khaleda’s lawyers expected that she would be released from the jail on Tuesday but there is no possibility to that due to legal process following filing appeals by Anti-Corruption Commission and Attorney General to stay the bail order.
The secretary general said BNP would free Khaleda through political movement.
Fakhrul, addressing the discussion at the National Press Club in Dhaka, alleged that the government was spreading ‘ill-campaign in various tactics to split BNP.
He said the government was hatching conspiracies against BNP using Newspapers and social media to create division
in the party’s leader-ship.
The secretary general came down hard on an editor of a newspaper for its ‘baseless’ report that said BNP’s standing committee members, including Fakhrul, had recently met Khaleda in jail with five new proposals to negotiate with her.
Fakhrul said BNP became stronger after
Khaleda was sent to jail, saying the party was united under the acting chairman, Tarique Rahman.
Presided over by the front convener Goutam Chakravarty, the discussion was also addressed by BNP vice-chairman Nitai Roy Chowdhury
and Khaleda’s advisory council member Sukomal Barua.
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