BNP to stage countrywide demo today
Published : Sunday, 8 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 88
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stage demonstrations across the country today (Sunday) demanding immediate release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme at a press conference after a joint meeting of BNP and its associate bodies held at the party's headquarters at Nayapaltan in the capital on Saturday.
According to the programme, all divisional, district, upazila and metropolitan units will stage demonstrations to press home the demand for release of Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul said the joint meeting was convened to discuss the country's latest political situation and the party's next course of action to mount pressure on the government to free Khaleda from jail,.
Fakhrul alleged that Awami League had destroyed the dream of
independence and spirit of the Liberation War. That's why the leader, who was fighting for democracy, was taken to jail, he added.
He asked the government to take steps for the release of their party's ailing chairperson on humanitarian grounds instead of staging drama over the matter.
BNP senior joint secretary general, joint secretaries general, senior leaders of the party's Dhaka south and north units and presidents, conveners and secretaries, member secretaries of the party's associate bodies attended the joint meeting.
Khaleda has been in jail after being convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.
On Thursday, the Appellate Division deferred until December 12 the hearing on Khaleda Zia's bail petition in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The court asked the medical board, formed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to treat Khaleda, to submit a report on her health condition within December 12, as they could not place the report on Thursday as per the directive was given on November 28.