Dhaka: The leaders of BNP on Wednesday warned that they will not allow anyone to hold the 11th parliamentary elections without the release of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
The leaders came up with the forewarning while speaking at a two-hour token-hunger strike.
They also voiced their strong resolve to free Khaleda from jail through a strong movement.
Hundreds of leaders and activists of BNP joined the two-hour-long programme from 10:00am in front of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, demanding the immediate release of Khaleda Zia from jail and her proper treatment, reports our staff correspondent from the spot.
Addressing the demo, BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said, “We would like to say the election won't be participatory one without the participation of BNP and Khaleda Zia. We won't allow holding any such polls. We'll join the election after freeing our leader.”
The BNP leader alleged that the government has kept Khaleda Zia in jail by convicting her “unfairly in a false” case.
“We demand her unconditional release. Democracy won't be restored without her release. So, we must free her through a movement,” he said.
He criticised the government for not taking steps for ensuring proper treatment of Khaleda. "It's the government's responsibility to provide her with treatment since she is in jail. But it's not taking any step in this regard."
The former minister also alleged that the government is conspiring to hold another January 5-like election to hang onto power. “We would like to say we won't allow holding any such voter-less election.”
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