JOF leaders to meet Khaleda at BSMMU

Staff Correspondent | Published: 03:06, Oct 21,2019


Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain briefs reporters in his office at Motijheel in Dhaka on Sunday about the alliance’s forthcoming programme. — New Age photo

The Jatiya Oikya Front on Sunday decided that the top leaders of the opposition alliance would meet imprisoned Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University to observe her condition.

The decision was taken in a meeting by the Jatiya Oikya Front steering committee at the Matijheel chamber of the alliance leader Dr Kamal Hossain, said oikya front leader and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD president ASM Abdur Rob in a briefing after the meeting.

He said that they discussed the deteriorating health condition of Khaleda Zia and that they would send a letter to the home ministry seeking permission to meet the nationalist party chairperson.

‘The three-term prime minister Khaleda Zia is now in jail. The whole nation is anxious that any accident might have occurred at any moment. She cannot eat by herself. We have decided that a representative team of Jatiya Oikya Front would submit an appeal to the home minister to visit her to know her condition,’ he said.

He said that they would mention the names of leaders of all the allies of the alliance, including Dr Kamal Hossain, in the application.

Presided over by front leader and Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain, the meeting was also attended by Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, former lawmaker Zahir Uddin Swapan, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Nurul Amin Byapari of Bikalpa Dhara abd Ganasasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others.

Khaleda is in jail since February 8, 2018, the day when a special Dhaka court sentenced her in a graft case which nationalist party terms false and fabricated. She was shifted to BSMMU on April 1 and she had been undergoing treatment there since then.

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