BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today urged ministers to maintain decency and political etiquette when making comments on former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
"Khaleda Zia is a three-time ex-Prime Minister who had restored democracy in the country through a long struggle for nine years. She's now seriously ill. People, politicians and foreign missions are concerned," he said.
Speaking at a virtual discussion, the BNP leader regretted that some ministers are unfortunately making very "objectionable and satirical" remarks about her which are discourteous.
"In fact, they're exposing their character with the remarks. They have no sense of humanity and decency. I would like to request them to maintain decency and political etiquette when making comments on Khaleda Zia.
"Please refrain from making indecent comments and keep in mind that people will not forget everything," he said.
Fakhrul said the BNP chief tested negative for coronavirus and her condition is improving gradually.
"She's been suffering from various diseases for a long time and those have been aggravated as she couldn't receive treatment during her long stay in jail. In some cases, her age has become an issue," he said.
Besides, the BNP leader said, the post-Covid complications can damage some of her organs, putting her at health risk.
He said the medical board formed at the Evercare Hospital has been providing her treatment sincerely. "The hope is that she's showing a sign of improvement."
Fakhrul said the BNP chief's treatment now is not possible without keeping her at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU).
He urged all to pray for her speedy recovery.