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12:00 AM, February 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:21 AM, February 09, 2019

'Khaleda Zia is waiting for us'

Senior leaders hint at street movement to free BNP chief

BNP yesterday hinted that it would take to the streets soon after revamping the party to ensure party Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail.

“We have to turn around burying all sorts of organisational weaknesses. It is not possible to ensure release of Khaleda Zia only through placing demands. We have to release her through movement,” said BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.

Addressing a protest rally at Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking one year of Khaleda Zia's jail, Mosharraf said, “Khaleda Zia is the mother of democracy. To ensure her release, we have to be united and move forward with courage.”

“Many said BNP leaders and activists are frustrated and demoralised but I am saying we are not frustrated but aggrieved and angered. Everybody knows that the government is not elected through peoples' vote. It would not be possible to stay in the office cheating people,” he added.

Moudud Ahmed, another BNP standing committee member, said, “I think it is not possible to ensure Khaleda Zia's release through legal battle as the lower court is completely influenced by the government. We have no other option but to wage movement.”

The former law minister said there is no alternative to strengthening the organisational strength of the party. Those who suffered and sacrificed during movement should be brought into the party leadership, he added.

He said, “A state cannot sustain without the existence of opposition party. We have to revamp the party… to utilise our full force during movement.”

Standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan said, “Khaleda Zia was sent to jail in a political case and it would not be settled through legal battle. We have to release her by waging movement.”

Nazrul Islam Khan, another standing committee member, said, “It is our failure that we could not release her [Khaleda] from jail in last one year. We have to move forward even after this failure because Khaleda Zia is waiting for us.” 

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