'Khaleda Zia is not getting bail due to the government's political influence'
BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed on Friday claimed party Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail depends on the goodwill of the government, as the judiciary is unable to work independently.
"Khaleda Zia is not getting bail due to the government's political influence. Her release from jail now depends on the government's goodwill," he said, reports UNB.
Moudud made the remarks while distributing iftar items among the destitute in Dhaka's Uttar Kafrul area, to mark BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's 38th death anniversary.
The BNP leader urged the government to free Khaleda Zia as soon as possible. "We will not have any other alternative to waging a movement if you do not free her, and we will surely set her free through a movement."
He alleged that Khaleda has been kept in jail through her conviction in “baseless” cases, with the absence of the rule of law. "The country now lacks the rule of law and multiparty democracy. The judiciary has no independence either."
The BNP leader further said BNP has been trying their best to ensure that Khaleda Zia gets bail in the cases against her.
He claimed the government has resorted to serious repressive acts after establishing one-party rule in the county. "Many of our leaders and activists still remain without a trace, while many others are on the run to evade arrests in false cases. They can not stay in their houses. We want to get rid of such a situation."
Moudud urged the government to take steps for holding a fair and credible election, so that the people can elect their representatives by exercising their right to franchise.
He also said the people turned down the December-30 election as they did not have any scope to elect their representatives by voting.
"Let's establish a government with true public representatives and build a democratic political culture in the county. We also need to have a tolerant social system to ensure the peaceful coexistence of both the ruling and opposition parties," the BNP leader said.