Demanding Khaleda’s Release: BNP calls nationwide rallies on Nov 23 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:40 AM, November 20, 2019

Demanding Khaleda’s Release: BNP calls nationwide rallies on Nov 23

BNP will hold rallies across the country on November 23,  demanding the release of its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.

Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes yesterday at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office in Dhaka.

He alleged that the government is still obstructing the bail process of Khaleda Zia, who has long been undergoing treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

“We would like to tell the prime minister that the chain of your misrule will fall apart and turn into dust if anything happens to our leader Khaleda Zia due to your reluctance,” the BNP leader said.

Rizvi urged the PM to free Khaleda immediately instead of carrying out “false propaganda” against her. “Don’t obstruct her bail. Give her the scope to get healthcare at a hospital of her choice.”

He said their party has decided to hold rallies all over the country on November 23 to push for its demand of having Khaleda freed from jail.

In Dhaka, the BNP leader said they will stage the rally in front of their central office at Nayapaltan at 2pm.

He said doa mahfils will be arranged at their party offices today, marking the 54th birthday of BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman.  

Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.

The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1.

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