India's ruling BJP President Amit Shah has reportedly denied speaking to BNP chief Khaleda Zia over telephone, ending days of speculations.
"This is a fake news," Ekattor TV quoted him as telling them on Saturday.
The BNP on Thursday claimed Shah had telephoned Khaleda the night before to inquire about her health.
But several senior BJP leaders on Friday told bdnews24.com that it was highly unlikely that Shah would make the call.
However, the BNP maintained that the telephone conversation had indeed taken place.
Khaleda has been at her Gulshan office since Jan 3 night after police prevented her from going to the party's Naya Paltan headquarters.
She reportedly fell sick two days later when police used pepper spray on her supporters inside her office.
Recent India media reports claimed the BNP had sought the BJP's intervention to "restore democracy in Bangladesh."
Local news channel Channel24 claimed to have spoken to the BJP chief on Saturday.
"This is totally a rumour," Shah reportedly told them when he was asked about the matter.