Failure to Free Khaleda

BNP activists vent anger on senior leaders

Staff Correspondent

21 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BNP activists have strongly criticised the party’s secretary general and standing committee members for their failure to wage movement for releasing their party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.

The party’s activists vented anger on their senior leaders at a discussion held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital to mark the International Mother Language Day.

During the address of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP leaders and activists chanted a slogan, demanding dissolution of the BNP central committee.

They held senior leaders responsible for the poor presence of the party men at the programme.

Responding to the aggrieved activists, Mirza Fakhrul turned angry and said that programmes will be announced on time. “No benefit will come by raising voice inside this hall room,” he said.

Making the situation calm, he said, “You (BNP leaders and activists) are not failure. But, the ruling Awami League has been defeated. Awami League has been carrying out repression for ten years in a bid to establish a one-party rule.”

The BNP secretary general asked them not to lose moral strength and to continue the struggle with courage.

Mentioning that Khaleda Zia is sick in jail, Mirza Fakhrul said they could not meet her in jail.

During the speech of BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, party activists expressed their anger and blamed party senior leaders for failure to wage movement.

One of the activists asked Moudud Ahmed to know when Khaleda Zia will be released and many others also raised the same question.

Replying to the party men, the BNP standing committee member asked them to keep patience. “Khaleda Zia will not be freed in legal process. The only way is movement. We have to wage movement in a planned way.”

BNP another standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan lamented that although BNP is a big political party and have organsiational units and activists across the country but its chairperson is not getting release from jail yet.

Earlier, talking to reporters after placing a wreath at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave in the morning, Nazrul Islam Khan said, “Offering apology by Jamaat is now a demand for all. Jamaat should be ashamed of its anti-liberation war role or should apologise for it. It’s a logical demand.”

“We surely want punishment and trial of those who were involved in the anti-liberation acts,” he said.

Sought his comment over the media report that Jamaat formed a committee to launch a new party, Nazrul said it is an internal matter of Jamaat.

Replying to another question, he said Jamaat is still with the 20-party alliance.

“Jamaat never told us that they don’t want to remain with the 20-party,” he said, adding that Jamaat, as a political party, has the right to take a decision to quit the alliance.