Hours after collecting three party nomination papers for their chairperson, the BNP senior leaders on Monday met Khaleda Zia in jail and sought her blessings as the party formally started their election journey after long 10 years.
“Madam (Khaleda) blessed us. She hopes that we’ll be able to move ahead with the people’s unity we’ve forged,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
The BNP leader came up with the comment after meeting Khaleda Zia at Nazimuddin Road Old Central Jail in the city.
Earlier, Fakhrul along with party standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar and Mirza Abbas entered the jail around 2:40 pm and met Khaleda.
They came out of the jail nearly 90 minutes later.
Replying to a questione, Fakhrul said they did not talk about election and political issues with her.
However, party insiders said the senior leaders discussed various issues relating to election with Khaleda and sought her guidelines about seat sharing 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 future course of action.
The five senior leaders of BNP also talked about her release and participation in the election as three nomination papers were bought for her, the party insiders claimed.
Earlier in the day, the party formally started selling its nomination papers to those who want to contest the next general elections with the party’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
The sale of nomination paper began at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office at 10:45 am with the purchase of two nomination papers for the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir purchased a nomination form for Khaleda Zia to contest the polls from Feni-1 while BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan collected another form for her for Bogura-6 constituency.
Later, BNP leader Mirza Abbas also bought another form for Khaleda Zia to contest the elections from Bogura-7 constituency.
Though the nomination papers were bought for her, it is still unclear whether Khaleda can contest the elections as she was convicted in two corruption cases.
Earlier on Sunday, BNP’s two alliances --Jatiya Oikya Front and 20-Praty—came up with the announcement of participating in the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections as part of their movement to restore democracy, and demanded the election be deferred by one month.