BNP will distribute leaflets across the country on Thursday, demanding the release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the fresh program at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office in Dhaka.
“We have taken a new program to distribute leaflets all over the country, demanding our Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release. Our leaders and activists will distribute the leaflets containing our party statement,” he said.
The BNP rank and file will take part in the program from their respective positions, he added.
BNP’s last program was a countrywide demonstration on Monday, demanding Khaleda Zia’s release and protesting police action on its leaders and activists during a recent black-flag protest.
The party has observed different peaceful programs, including human-chains, sit-ins, hunger-strikes, and protest processions, in four phases demanding the release of the BNP chairperson, who has been in jail since February 8 after a Dhaka court sentenced her to five years in prison in a graft case.
BNP slams govt’s plan to increase utility prices
Responding to a query of journalists about the government’s plan to increase power and gas prices again, Rizvi voiced deep concerns and termed it as an anti-people move.
He also urged the government to backtrack on the move, as people are still grappling with the ever- rising prices of essentials and utility services.
Asked about media reports that eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain turned down a request from BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to stand by Khaleda Zia and help free her from jail, Rizvi said: “We don’t have any such information in this regard. Democracy-loving people of the country can never refrain themselves from standing by our leader, Khaleda Zia.”