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BNP set to launch divisional protests for Khaleda’s release

  • Published at 11:02 pm June 22nd, 2019
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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that they will start their divisional level protest within four weeks  

BNP has decided to start demonstrations at the divisional levels, within four weeks, demanding the release of their incarcerated party chief, and former premier Khaleda Zia.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the announcement on Saturday at a press briefing after a BNP standing committee meeting held at their chairperson's Gulshan office in Dhaka.

The meeting lasted for nearly three hours, starting around 5pm, nearly 17 hours after the existing committee of BNP's student body, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was dissolved.

An intervention of "ruling party agents" into the committee was the reason for its dissolution, alleged Chhatra Dal leaders, although a dispute between two factions of BNP's student wing, regarding the age limit issue, is believed to be the main cause behind this.

Mirza Fakhrul told reporters that a faction of the JCD leaders, and activists opposing the age restriction is illogical. 

“They must stop this illogical protest, and resort to peaceful demonstration,” the BNP leader added. 

Addressing the issue regarding missing BNP leaders, and activists, BNP secretary general  said: "More than 500 BNP men are still missing, and we see Sohel Taj's nephew getting rescued by law enforcement members within 48 hours. 

"Whereas our missing leaders, and activists are yet to be found."

Replying to a query whether BNP will part its ways with Jatiya Oikya Front, he said: “BNP will be leading both the 20-party alliance, and the Jatiya Oikya Front. 

"A meeting of Oikya Front will be held on Saturday.” 

The BNP leader criticized the prime minister for claiming in the House that Rooppur scam mastermind Md Masudul Alam was a JCD leader. 

“Sheikh Hasina has spread false information regarding Alam. He was not the JCD vice president at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet). 

"In fact, he graduated from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (Kuet), and may be, he was linked to a left-leaning student body,” Fakhrul further said.

"Alam is a member of Bangabandhu Engineers Council," he added.

However, several BNP leaders along with at least two standing committee members are demanding separation from Jatiya Oikya Front.

Previously on June 15, in the second last meeting of BNP's standing committee, BNP leaders blamed Jatiya Oikya Front for the party's debacle in the last national election, and also discussed if the coalition should be dissolved, and how much power it should have over BNP.

Earlier on June 11, a faction of BNP's student wing demonstrated in front of the party office, and locked its main gate for 11 hours. 

Although, They postponed their demonstrations after senior BNP leaders assured their demands would be met.