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19 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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KHALEDA IMPRISONMENT

BNP hopes to ride sympathy wave

RAFIQUL ISLAM AZAD
BNP hopes to ride sympathy wave

The BNP hopes to cash in on the possible long imprisonment of its chairperson, Khaleda Zia, to strengthen the party and rejuvenate its rank and file by carrying out mass contact programmes across the country to demand her release, accoring to party leaders. The acting chairman of the BNP, Tarique Rahman, who is now in London, has asked some party stalwarts to mobilise former leaders of the Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal, both front organisations of the party, to successfully organise mass contact programmes to press home the demand for the release of the former premier, the leaders have said.

Moreover, the central leaders have been asked to tour different districts and join the February 20 rallies across the country to mobilise grassroots workers and to help consolidate the party’s organisational strength.

Talking to The Independent, some senior leaders have observed that Khaleda Zia has become more popular after being sent to jail following her conviction in a graft case. Everyone can understand that the BNP chairperson has been sent to jail because of political vengeance. This will help strengthen the party’s rank and file, they have noted.

The leaders have also said that common people have become more sympathetic to Khaleda Zia and the BNP. They are optimistic that the party would be able to continue its peaceful movement until the chairperson's release.

“Each activist of the party has become rejuvenated. They have become more vocal against the chairperson's conviction,” said BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.

Terming the court verdict against Khaleda unjust, the BNP leader said her conviction has increased people’s sympathy for the BNP and strengthened the party’s unity. “It's true that our leader is suffering in jail, but the party is deriving much political benefit,” he added.

The former minister said that people have started referring to Khaleda as ‘mother’ and she is now being spoken of as the ‘mother of Bangladesh’. “After February 8, she has emerged as an international leader. She has become more popular. It's the biggest success in her political life,” he added.

He praised the way Khaleda faced the trial with courage and criticised the government for not providing her with the division she deserved in accordance with Jail Code 2006.

The elderly leader said they would continue their peaceful and democratic movement until Khaleda's release.

BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said Khaleda's conviction is helping the consolidation of the party’s organisational strength and unity.  

“People’s sympathy for Khaleda Zia will keep growing as long as she is kept in jail. People understand that the government is doing injustice to her,” he said, adding that women, in particular, are more sympathetic to Khaleda.

He also said the situation has swung in favour of the BNP and the mood is unlikely to change even if the ruling Awami League releases Khaleda early. The party will determine its next course of action on the basis of the situation after the filing of an appeal against her conviction within a day or two, he added. BNP organising secretary Ruhul Quddus Taluker Dulu said the jailing of Khaleda has become a matter of embarrassment both for the government and ruling party leaders. “She has been jailed because of political vengeance,” he added.

He also said the government should release Khaleda as early as it can, otherwise they would continue their peaceful movement. He further said the party would carry out peaceful programmes in phases to free Khaleda from prison.

Khaleda was sentenced to five years in jail in the Zia orphanage trust graft case on February 8 and sent to Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road in the city.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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