Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said that the media reports on their chairperson’s release on parole and taking oath by their party MPs-elects were nothing but a baseless speculation.
Talking to reporters at the local house of former lawmaker Monirul Haq Chowdhury, he also said that they wanted their chairperson to be released on bail, not on parole, as the cases she had been facing were bailable.
Fakhrul went to village Noagaon of Sadar Dakshin upazila in Cumilla to exchange views with BNP leaders and activists who were affected and injured in violence during the 11th parliamentary election.
He said their chairperson deserved bail in the cases she was convicted and made accused, but the government had deliberately been obstructing her bail.
‘That’s why our leader (Khaleda) has been in jail for 14 months.’
The BNP leader said some convicted ruling party leaders remain out of jail, and even they were made ministers.
He also alleged that the government was trying to shift Khaleda to Keraniganj Central Jail as part of an evil motive.
Fakhrul said the government had kept Khaleda in jail as it wanted to ‘restore’ one-party Baksal rule.
He also termed absurd a local court’s order to freeze three accounts of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Zubaida Rahman in a bank in Britain.
The BNP leader urged the party leaders and workers to get ready for a movement to restore democracy and free Khaleda from jail.
Later, Fakhrul provided 95 affected party leaders and activists in Cumilla-10 with financial assistance.
Earlier, while addressing a roadside rally at Burichang, Fakhrul said Awami League had destroyed the main spirit of the War of Independence by snatching people’s democratic rights.
‘They (AL) annihilated democracy and snatched people’s rights only to hang onto power.’
He also said the government had been in power depending on guns and law enforcers as it has no public support.
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