BNP leaders and activists should prepare to stage a stronger movement if they want to get Khaleda Zia out of jail and participate in the election, said senior leader Moudud Ahmed.
There is only ‘one month’ left to it, Moudud said to his party colleagues during a hunger strike in Dhaka.
The BNP leaders have reiterated that it will fight on to stop the election from going forward until Khaleda is released.
The BNP staged a symbolic two-hour hunger strike throughout the country demanding the release of Khaleda who has been imprisoned for five years in a graft case.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that magistrates in lower courts have deferred the bail for Khaleda, influenced by the government.
“It is evident that the government doesn’t want Khaleda Zia to be released on bail. I think her release through legal means is not possible anymore.”
Only a strong movement can pave the way for Khaleda’s release, said Moudud, one of Khaleda’s lawyers.
“This government will be dethroned when our movement intensifies,” he said.
“Their ‘boat’ will drift away due to our movement.”
“We need to prepare as we have only a month left. I urge everyone not to return home before our movement is successful,” he said to the leaders and activists participating in the hunger strike
Moudud drew their attention to the beginning of the election countdown from Oct 30.
The people in the country and different political groups have ‘reached a consensus’ that the upcoming national election should be neutral and participatory, said Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, another party stalwart.
“There can be no participatory election without Khaleda Zia. We won’t allow any more election like the one in 2014. We’ll go to the election after releasing Begum Khaleda Zia.”
The symbolic hunger strike continued from 10am to 12pm with thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate organisations participating in it.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed gave water to the leaders to break their fast at 12pm.
The hunger strike was held simultaneously in all metropolitans and districts.
Khaleda has been jailed for five years since Feb 8 in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
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