Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mass movement a must

Mass movement a must

Fakhrul for parties’ unity to restore democracy

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday urged all the political parties to get united over the issue of holding the next general election under a non-party neutral government. "We must wage a mass upsurge to free the country from the grasp of the current government and establish a pro-people administration in a democratic and peaceful manner, "said the BNP leader. "It has now become a big question to people as to why the political parties can't get united when the government is moving ahead with a blueprint to hold another 2014 like election," he said. "I call upon all political parties to come to a consensus over the issue of restoration of democracy and holding the next election under a non-party neutral government, "he said. Fakhrul was speaking at a discussion arranged by Association of Engineers' Bangladesh at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail, reports UNB. The government has not only destroyed the democratic institutions but also financial ones, he said. Under the Circumstances, he called upon BNP leaders and activists to go to people for mobilizing public opinion against the misdeeds and misrules of the government. He voiced his concern over the health condition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail as she is not getting treatment despite her ailment. Fakhrul alleged that the government has sent Khaleda to jail by convicting her in a false and fabricated case as part of his evil design. "We must wage a movement to free her from jail," he said. Meanwhile, three senior BNP leaders, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, failed to meet their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Old Dhaka Central Jail on Thursday as the authorities denied them permission. Fakhrul together with BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Nazrul Islam Khan went to the jail gate around 3:35. They, however, returned 15 minutes later as the authorities did not allow them to meet Khaleda. Later, talking to reporters, Fakhrul said they had been there at the jail gate as the authorities gave them permission to meet their ailing chairperson between 3 and 4pm. "They now told us it is not possible to meet her today. They also said the meeting may take place after one or two days," he added. Amid the report of Khaleda's illness, Fakhrul last met Khaleda on April 6 and the BNP chief was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University the following day for some medical tests. On February 8, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

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