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Farroque: BNP to intensify movement for Khaleda’s release

  • Published at 08:42 pm July 19th, 2019
Zainul Abedin Farroque
Zainul Abedin Farroque File Photo

The BNP leader said the government had long been suppressing the party activists with repressive acts to hang onto power

BNP leader Zainul Abedin Farroque has said their party will soon take to the streets, intensifying its movement, to free party Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.

“Our party will undertake tough action programs soon to strengthen our movement to ensure Khaleda Zia's release from jail," Farroque said on Friday, at a human chain program held in front of National Press Club.

"Over 100,000 people joined our grand rally in Barisal yesterday (Thursday)," he said. "A huge number of people will also take part in our rallies in Chittagong tomorrow (Saturday) and in Khulna on July 25."

The BNP leader further said: “We hope the government will soon take steps for freeing Khaleda Zia. Or else, its throne will be shaken in the face of strong movement across the country.”

Aparajeyo Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the program, demanding the release of Khaleda Zia.

Farroque, a member of BNP chairperson's advisory council and former chief whip, urged the party leaders and activists to stay united by forgetting all misunderstandings and divisions among them, and to take to the streets with a fresh vigour.

He said their party was getting stronger, and the unity of party rank and file was becoming consolidated, after facing a lot repressive acts and cases.

Farroque said the government had long been suppressing their party leaders and activists by resorting to killing, enforced disappearances and other despotic acts to hang onto power.

Farroque alleged that their ailing party chief Khaleda Zia had been kept in jail in a “false and fabricated” case.

 “Had the current government been a democratic and human one, our leader would not have stayed in jail for so many days,” he said.

He also criticized the government for not standing beside flood-affected people with adequate relief materials to ease their sufferings.