BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said no national election will be held in Bangladesh without party Chairperson Khaleda ZIa.
He made the statement while briefing the media in front of the National Press Club on Monday.
He said: "No national election will be held without BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
"We will not participate in the elections without her."
The BNP leader said: "We will free her [Khaleda] with our peaceful protest."
Earlier in the day, several hundred BNP leaders and followers formed the human chain in front of the National Press Club amid tight security.
They chanted different slogans demanding immediate release of Khaleda Zia, reports the UNB.
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BNP members form human chain in front of National Press Club in Dhaka on February 12, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
BNP’s district, thana, upzila and city units are also scheduled to observe the programs at their convenient time and places.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman said: "We will not stop any peaceful protest but it should not lead to the sufferings of mass people."
Earlier on Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest program at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
As part of the program, the party will also hold an hour-long sit-in program on Tuesday and a hunger strike from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday across Bangladesh.
On February 8, a special court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Earlier, BNP leaders and activists staged demonstrations on Friday and Statuary protesting Khaleda’s conviction all over the country, including in the capital, amid obstruction by police .