The BNP vice-chairman made the comment at a human chain event demanding immediate specialized medical treatment for the BNP chief on Tuesday
The Bangladesh Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad organized a human chain in Dhaka to demand the immediate release and specialized medical treatment for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The demonstration took place in front of the National Press Club around 11:30am on Tuesday.
Addressing the human chain as the chief guest, BNP Vice-Chairman Abdullah Al Noman said: “We are worried about Khaleda Zia’s health. She needs immediate medical treatment.”
He further said Khaleda must be released before the general election which is only three months away.
“We will not accept the circumstances under which the next election will be held. We demand that Khaleda be released not just on medical grounds, but also to save the current political situation in the country as the leader of the majority of the nation.”
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) President Ruhul Amin Gazi claimed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had treated the matter of Khaleda’s medical condition with little importance.
He further claimed that the coming election would not be a repeat of the previous one in 2014, and that the methods of threats and disappearances would not save the government.
BNP Vice-Chairman and one of Khaleda’s lawyers Advocate Khandakar Mahbub Hossain said: “Although Khaleda has been granted bail in the case she was sentenced in, the numerous cases from 2014-15 that she has been falsely implicated in have been used to lengthen the duration of her stay in jail. There is no law and order where there is no democracy. As a result, it will be difficult to prove her innocence.”
The BNP leaders said if Khaleda was not released, the country’s people would eventually come forward and compel the government to release her.
History shows these things have happened before, and the government should take lessons that such abuse of power will not help them stay in power for long, they further said.
BNP Vice-Chairman Prof AZM Zahid Hossain and other BNP leaders were also present at the event.