Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will submit memorandums to all the Deputy Commissioner (DC) offices in the country on Wednesday demanding permission for its Chairperson Khaleda Zia to go abroad for better medical treatment.
Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme at a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Monday.
The opposition BNP held rallies across the country on Monday demanding Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and permission for her better treatment abroad.
The party’s different units in metropolitan cities, district towns and upazila headquarters held rallies on the day.
As part of their countrywide programme, Dhaka south and north city units of BNP arranged the rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the morning.
At the rally, the BNP secretary general also warned that the party would come up with tougher programmes if their demand is not met by the time.
“We have no other path left. Now there is only one path—movement, movement and movement. This movement will have to be taken ahead with tougher programmes,” he said.
He also called leaders of other political parties to get united in a bid to release Khaleda Zia, free ‘democracy’ and establish a ‘people’s’ government through holding an election under neutral government.
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said the government’s obstruction to Khaleda Zia’s treatment abroad reveals fascist character of the government.
The party’s another standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, Dhaka south city unit convener Abdus Salam and Dhaka north city unit convener Amanullah Aman also spoke at the programme among others.
Earlier on Saturday, the party leaders and activists observed a seven-hour mass-hunger strike across the country, including the capital, to press home their same demand.
Khaleda, a 76-year-old former prime minister, was readmitted to Evercare Hospital on November 13, six days after she had returned home from the hospital.
On behalf of the family, Khaleda Zia's younger brother Shamim Iskander submitted an application to the Home Ministry on November 11 urging the government to allow her to go abroad for better treatment.
However, Law Minister Anisul Huq said the government would consider Khaleda Zia's appeal if she submits a fresh petition after returning to jail.