BNP disappointed over Khaleda Zia's bail rejection, Fakhrul says
Expressing its grievances over the Appellate Division order rejecting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail in Zia Charitable Trust graft case, the party has announced a countrywide demonstration program for Sunday demanding her release.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir declared the program at a press conference after a meeting of the party Standing Committee members at its chairperson's Gulshan office in Dhaka on Thursday, reports UNB.
"We are aggrieved and disappointed over the court order. The nation is not only got stunned, but also angry over it," he said.
The BNP leader said people had an expectation that Khaleda Zia would get justice from the apex court, but unfortunately she was deprived of that.
Under the circumstances, Fakhrul said: "We have taken a decision at the meeting of our Standing Committee that we will stage demonstrations and take out processions across the country on Sunday, demanding Khaleda Zia's release."
In the capital, he said BNP's all thana units will hold rallies and stage demonstrations the same day to push for the same demand.
He said they will also announce other programs after Sunday to mount pressure on the government to free Khaleda from jail.
Fakhrul said they believe that people will wage a strong movement with their active participation to force the current "usurper" government to hold a fresh election under a neutral government annulling the results of the 11th parliamentary election.
Earlier in the day, the Appellate Division rejected the bail petition of the BNP chief in the graft case.
Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February 8, 2018 after she was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
She is currently being treated at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Her party has been accusing the government of not providing adequate treatment facilities to Khaleda.