At a two-hour token-hunger strike program that started from 10 am to 12 pm, BNP warned the government that it would not allow any elections without the release of its party Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia from jail.
Although it was a two-hour strike, BNP leaders and workers started leaving the place half an hour before the end of the program to escape arrest. As a result, when the president of the hunger strike and standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain was giving the speech, there were very BNP workers left in that place.
However, the police did not conduct drive in today’s hunger strike program. But law enforcers were deployed there to keep the situation under control.
It is not an unfamiliar instance of BNP’s cowardice for those who have minimum knowledge about the politics of Bangladesh. The alliance partner of Jamaat has proved once again that its activities are limited to giving the statements, it also has proved again that its main strategy is self-preservation. With such limited support of its workers and grassroots leaders and the general masses, it talks boastfully of overthrowing the government from power.
“The country’s people and different political parties have now reached a consensus that the next elections must be a fair and participatory one. Our foreign friends are also saying the polls must be an inclusive one,” said Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.
He further said, “We would like to say the elections won’t be a 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.”
Another BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said it is now not possible to free Khaleda free from jail through a legal battle. “Taking to the streets is the only way to ensure her release. We’re on a movement and we’ll intensify it to ensure the government’s fall.”
He warned that their party will come up with strong action programs to overthrow the government at a right time.
The BNP leader called upon BNP leaders and workers to get the necessary preparations to make their movement a success.
Earlier, on Monday, BNP formed human chains across the country, including in front the Jatiya Press Club in the capital, to press the same demand.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8, 2018.