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BNP starts election journey with Khaleda’s blessings

  • Published at 03:42 pm November 12th, 2018
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File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

BNP Standing Committee members accompanied him to the decommissioned prison

Hours after collecting three party nomination papers for their chairperson, BNP senior leaders on Monday met Khaleda Zia in jail and took her blessings as the party formally started their election journey after 10 long years.

"Madam (Khaleda) blessed us. She hopes we will be able to move ahead with the people's unity we have forged," said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

The BNP leader came up with the remarks after meeting Khaleda Zia at old Dhaka Central Jail in Nazimuddin Road, reports UNB.

Earlier, Fakhrul along with BNP Standing Committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar and Mirza Abbas visited Khaleda at old Dhaka Central Jail around 2:40pm.

They came out of the jail nearly 90 minutes later.

Replying to a question, Fakhrul said they did not talked about election and political issues with her.

BNP leaders and activists at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters during the distribution of nomination paper which started on November 12, 2018

|Rajib Dhar/ Dhaka Tribune

However, party insiders said the senior leaders discussed various issues relating to election with Khaleda and sought her guidelines about sharing seats with the party's two alliances and giving nomination to party aspirants.

They took her opinion about BNP's decision on joining the polls and the future course of action.

The five senior BNP leaders also talked about her release and participation in the election as three nomination papers were bought for her, the party insiders claimed.

Earlier on Monday, the party formally started selling its nomination papers to those who want to contest the next general election with the party's election symbol “sheaf of paddy.”

The sale of nomination papers began at BNP's headquarters at Naya Paltan around 10:45am with the purchase of three nomination papers for its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Fakhrul purchased a nomination form for Khaleda Zia to contest the polls from Feni-1 constituency, whereas, BNP Standing Committee members Nazrul Islam Khan and Mirza Abbas collected two forms for her, to contest in Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 constituency.

Though the nomination papers were bought for her, it is still not clear whether Khaleda can contest the election as she was convicted in two corruption cases.

Earlier on Sunday, BNP's two alliances -- Jatiya Oikya Front and 20-Party -- announced to participate in the upcoming 11th general election as part of their movement to restore democracy, and demanded the election be deferred by one month.