BNP will hold rallies in districts across the country from December 20 demanding the release of Khaleda Zia and her treatment abroad.
The party standing committee agreed on the programme in its virtual meeting on Monday.
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, a pro-BNP lawyers’ organization has also put an ultimatum saying that if Khaleda Zia is not released within four days, they will go for hunger strike across the country on December 12.
The Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum made the demand at a rally held in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Tuesday.
Addressing the rally, Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum member secretary Fazlur Rahman demanded immediate release of Khaleda Zia and to allow her to go abroad for treatment.
“We are giving four days. If our demand is not met by Sunday, the lawyers across the country will go for a hunger strike,” he said.
Mentioning that Khaleda Zia is gravely ill, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at the programme said, "You have heard from doctors that she is between life and death. She urgently needs advanced medical treatment. Doctors have made it clear that they do not have the technology here to provide better treatment to Khaleda Zia.”
Sources close to Khaleda Zia’s physicians said her health condition remains unchanged. On November 28, Khaleda Zia’s medical board members told a press conference that Khaleda immediately needs to go abroad for better treatment as she was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis.
They also said Khaleda underwent bleeding thrice and the third time the bleeding was severe, impairing her liver function.
Earlier, Khaleda’s younger brother, Shamim Iskander, submitted an application to the home ministry on November 11, requesting the government to allow her to go abroad for better treatment.