Dhaka, June 2: The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday demanded the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail before the Eid-ul-Fitr, on humanitarian ground.
Talking to reporters, on the sidelines of a discussion here, senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, 'Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's target was to hang onto power through vote robbery by sending Khaleda Zia to jail. You (PM) have already completed your tasks. So, what's the necessity to keep her (Khaleda) in jail now?'. He said Begum Zia is sick. 'I demand her release before the Eid on humanitarian ground.'
The BNP standing committee member also warned that people are getting ready to take to the streets to have Khaleda released from jail. 'All the fascist regimes in the past had to quit in the face of mass anger. You'll also meet the same fate. Bangladesh Jatiya Dal arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.
'On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to the abandoned central jail in Old Dhaka, as she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She has been receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), since April 1,' he added.
Stating that various plots are on to destroy the BNP, Mosharraf urged the party leaders and activists to work for strengthening their organisation, following the party's constitution. (UNI)