The BNP has accused the government of violating the Constitution by imprisoning Khaleda Zia in an abandoned prison after she was convicted in a “politically motivated” corruption case.
“The government is imprisoning Khaleda Zia in an abandoned prison. This is contradictory to our Constitution,” BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed said at a sit-in protest on Tuesday.
“They [the government] do not believe in the rule of law. The graft case verdict was politically motivated,” he claimed.
Moudud said they would mount a legal defence to free Khaleda.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir accused the government of taking a stance against humanity. “It will be brought to justice in the future,” he said.
The sit-in program was held in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters on Tuesday to protest against the jailing of Khaleda, and demanding her release.
Fakhrul claimed that the “illegal Awami League government” had become isolated from the people.
“The government wants to silence the voice of the people by imprisoning Khaleda Zia, but the people will free the BNP chief from prison,” he added.
Meanwhile, Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said that the government’s plan had backfired.
“The ruling party has turned Khaleda Zia from a national leader into an international one [as her incarceration made global headlines],” he said.
Mosharraf said the BNP would contest the next general election with Khaleda at the helm, warning that the people would not allow any parliamentary polls without Khaleda.
Nazrul Islam Khan, another Standing Committee member claimed that the graft case verdict was a farce to fulfil the political agenda of the ruling party, and Khaleda had been denied justice.
Speaking at the sit-in, BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas said: “The BNP leaders are united, and no power in Bangladesh is capable of causing a rift in the party.”
This article was first published on banglatribune.com