Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, youth front of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, on Friday staged countrywide demonstration demanding immediate and unconditional release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Khaleda is in jail since February 8, 2018, the day she was sentenced by a special Dhaka court in a graft case which BNP had been claiming false and fabricated one.
Leaders of BNP and Juba Dal, addressing the demonstration, alleged that BNP chairperson was a victim of the government’s political vengeance and she was kept in jail to ensure their misrule across the country.
They alleged that the ruling Awami League people were involved in massive corruption while BNP leaders and activists were facing cases, land in jails, and being harassed only for struggling to restore democracy.
In Dhaka, addressing the human chain cum rally in front of the National Press Club, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the Awami League leaders themselves were now providing evidence of their corruption.
‘Misrule, corruption and repression by Awami League is now exposed. In past few days, leaders of Awami League, Juba League and Chhatra League have proved that they were looting wealth and properties of Bangladesh. A few days ago, Chhatra League president and general secretary were removed for demanding “fair share”. This share is not Tk one or two crore, it is Tk 86 crore,’ he said.
Citing newspaper reports that there were 60 casinos in Dhaka and they were run by AL leaders, Fakhrul said that they were now exposed and it was proved that the Awami League was patronising corruption.
‘It is proved now that this government is totally failed in governing the country. It is proved that the ruling party leaders and activists looted the country’s wealth for past 12 years and made the country a cremation ground,’ he said.
‘The mobile conversation of Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor regarding corruption is now available. Awami League has taken the country to this situation. Vice-chancellors are respected. She too has involved herself in “bribe business”,’ he said.
He said that Dhaka University students were now on movement against vice-chancellor for irregularities as they enrolled students without admission tests. ‘Students and teachers of Islamic University have already taken to streets.’
The teachers and students of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University in Gopalganj were now on movement alleging that the university teachers were involved in unethical activities.
‘So, where the people would go? People like vice-chancellors, who are respected by all, have been following such unfair ways. Who appointed them? This illegal government has chosen the worst people to appoint in these positions,’ Fakhrul alleged.
The BNP leader, mentioning that Khaleda was now badly ill and her condition was deteriorating and she deserved bail, demanded her immediate and unconditional release.
Presided over by Juba Dal president Saiful Alam Nirab, the rally was also addressed by BNP youth affairs secretary Mir Newaz Ali Newaz, Juba Dal general secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku and senior vice-president Mortajul Karim Badru, among others.
New Age correspondents reported that similar demonstrations were held in Sylhet, Barishal, Rangpur, Chattogram, Rajshshi, Jashore, Feni, Bogura and Lakshmipur.
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