Polls won't be allowed by keeping Khaleda in jail: BNP

Polls won’t be allowed by keeping Khaleda in jail: BNP

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The BNP on Monday warned that holding the next general elections in the country would not be allowed keeping party chairperson Khaleda Zia in the prison and without her participation in the polls.“Holding any next general elections in the country will not be allowed keeping our chairperson Khaleda Zia in the prison… The election should be held under a neutral government after reconstitution of the Election Commission, dissolution of parliament and the deployment of the army. Then, the election will be held in the country, only if there is a congenial atmosphere of polls,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He was speaking at party’s hunger strike programme at Dhaka Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city to protest staying the Khaleda Zia’s bail and demanding her unconditional release. The BNP observed a seven hour long token hunger strike at city and district levels across the country.
Mirza Alamgir also demanded providing proper treatment to the BNP chairperson after releasing her immediately.
In the capital, the hunger strike began at 9:00am and Ganoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury broke the hunger strike by offiering fruit juice to Mirza Alamgir at about 4:10pm.
Several thousand leaders and activists of BNP and its front and associate organisations took part in the hunger strike on the premises of Dhaka Mohanagar Natyamancha.
Speaking at the hunger strike, the speakers called upon the leaders not to take part in the election keeping Khaleda in the jail and without her participation in it.
Responding to the call of party leaders, Mirza Alamgir said the statements of the speakers at the function made it clear that there would be no election in the country keeping Khaleda in the prison.
The BNP that had boycotted January 5, 2014, general elections earlier demanded fro holding the polls under a neutral government. Now the party added a condition of releasing Khaleda before the polls.
Mirza Alamgir accused the government of not providing proper treatment to Khaleda Zia and her minimum facilities which she deserves.
“The present government is hatching a conspiracy to keep her (Khaleda) from out of the politics. The ultimate objective is to keep the BNP from election and politics,” he said.
The BNP leader called upon all the political leaders and professionals to get united saying that “we all have to get united for the emancipation of the country, 16 crore people of the country, restoration of democracy and protect the country from the autocratic government.”
Standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the government is hatching a conspiracy to hold another January 5 like farcical election keeping Khaleda, BNP and 20-party alliance from out of the election process.
He said there is no alternative to a movement to free the country from the ‘autocrat.’
Barrister Moudud Ahmed said Khaleda’s release is being delayed as the lower courts are being run under the government instructions.
He called upon the party leaders and activists for movement saying that if her release is made through the legal process, the movement is the only alternative to it.
‘This time, take preparation for movement, a programme will be given, that programme should be implemented,’ he said.
Mirza Abbas said autocrat Ershad is also ashamed at the autocratic action of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
BNP leaders Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdullah Al NOman, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Selima Rahman, Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, DR AZM Zahid Hossain, Amanullah Aman, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, among others, also addressed the seven hours long hunger strike.
Jamaat leader Prof Mojibur Rahman, Jatiya Party (Kazi Zafar) leader MOstafa Jamal Haider, LDP leader REdwan Ahmed, Khelafat Majlish leader Maulana Mojibur Rahman, Islami Oikya Jote leader Maulana Abdul Karim, NPP leader Fariduzzaman Farhar, Labour Party leader Mostafizur Rahman Iran, Jagpa leader Khandaker Lutfor Rahman, DL leader Saifuddin Moni, Sammayabadi Dal leader Sayed Ahmed, Peoples League leader Syed Mahbub Hossain, Mahmudur Rahman Manna of Nagorik Oikya, Prof Emajuddin Ahmed, Prof Akhter Hossain Khan and BFUJ president Ruhul Amin Gazi expressed their solidarity to the BNP’s programme.
Earlier, the BNP had observed hunger strike in front of the National Press Club on February 14 after a special judge court sentenced her five years in a graft case and sent her to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road on February 8. – Staff Reporter

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