Dhaka, Bangladesh
BNP now much stronger than before: Fakhrul

BNP now much stronger than before: Fakhrul

Khaleda will get bail tomorrow, hopes Moudud

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday claimed that their party is now much stronger and more united than in the past after the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports UNB. "They (the government) thought BNP would get split after the jailing of our leader (Khaleda). We would like to confidently say that BNP did not face split, but got stronger further," he said. Speaking at a discussion, he further said, "Our young leader and senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has taken the charge of party's acting chairman as per our constitution in absence of chairperson. We all have now become united and we are running the party under his leadership. BNP is now more united and much stronger than before." BNP organised the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, marking the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day. Mentioning that the nation is passing through a serious critical time, Fakhrul said their party has been on a struggle not only for making its own interest and freeing Khaleda, but also for protecting the country and its sovereignty and restoring democracy. He alleged that there is hardly any BNP leader at from its top to bottom is not facing political cases. "This situation can't continue in a democratic country. We must bring a positive change in it." The BNP leader urged his party colleagues not to fall in the trap set by the government by refraining from responding to any provocation. "We all will remain united and free our leader Khaleda Zia and restore democracy through a democratic movement," he said. Meanwhile, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday expressed his hope that the High Court will grant bail to their Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday. "The hearing on her (Khaleda) bail petition will be held on Sunday. She deserves the bail," he said. Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, "We believe as per the rules and structure of the judiciary, Khaleda Zia will get bail on Sunday." "Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad" arranged the programme at Jatyia Press Club demanding BNP chairperson's immediate release from jail. Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, further said, "The more it will take to grant her bail, it will be a minus point for the government." He alleged that the government deliberately delayed to give a certified copy of the verdict using various tricks. The BNP leader also alleged that Khaleda Zia has been suffering immensely in jail as she was kept in solitary confinement violating her constitutional right. Referring to their party's peaceful movement protesting Khaleda's jail, Moudud said their chairperson strongly directed them before going to jail not to indulge in any violence or imprudent programmes. He said the government is not happy as BNP is not indulging in violence. "We will prove this time that the government can be forced to accept demand through a peaceful movement." The BNP leader said their party leaders and activists are united in absence of their chairperson. "Our leader (Khaleda) will surely come out of jail. We have already proved that BNP and the 20-party alliance are united and we are working together." He also said there will be no issue of splitting BNP. "No one could be able to split BNP in the last 10 years and will not be able to do so in the future."

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