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Token hunger strike demanding Khaleda's release

Dissolve JS before poll schedule: BNP

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Demanding unconditional release and better treatment of Begum Khaleda Zia, BNP observed hunger strike at the Engineers\' Institute on Wednesday. Later BNP men broke their hunger strike by taking water provided by former Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Emajuddin A

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The BNP on Wednesday called the government to dissolve the Parliament before announcing the schedule of the next general elections. 
The party demanded to give responsibilities of maintaining the law and orders to the Army during the next Parliament election.
The party also demanded to free its Chairperson from jail immediately. 
"The people will not allow anyone to hold the 11th parliamentary polls without the release of Khaleda Zia from jail," said, BNP Standing Committee Member Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain while presiding over a token hunger strike held in the Institute of the Engineers' premises in the capital.
He demanded immediate release of Khaleda Zia and to provide her proper treatment. He also vowed to free Khaleda through a strong movement if the government ignores their demand.
Several hundred leaders and activists of BNP joined the two-hour-long 
programme from 10:00 am. 
A similar program was also organised in all district towns and metropolitans across the country.
On Monday, BNP formed human chains across Bangladesh to press home the same demand.
BNP leaders and activists were holding banners, festoons, and placards and were chanting slogans demanding that Khaleda Zia be freed from jail and condemning the government's activities. 
Dr. Mosharraf said the national election will not be participatory one without the participation of BNP and Khaleda Zia.
"The party men as well the countrymen will not allow holding any one-sided polls again. We will join the election after freeing our leader," he said. 
The BNP leader criticised the government for not taking steps for ensuring proper treatment of the party chief.
"We are seriously worried as our party chairperson is severely ill. It is the responsibility of the government to provide her with treatment since she is in jail. But it is not taking any step even after our meeting with the home minister in which we have informed him about Begum Khaleda Zia's serious illness," Dr. Mosharraf said.
The BNP leader also reiterated the party's demands for dissolving the government before the announcement of the election schedule, reconstitution of the Election Commission and deployment of the army to hold the next election in free, fair and credible manner.
BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed said, "It is not possible now to free Khaleda Zia from jail through a legal fight. We need to take to the streets as the only way to free her from jail. We have to intensify our movement to oust the government."
At the end of the programme, ex-vice chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr. Emajuddin Ahmed ended the token hunger strike by providing water to BNP leaders around 12noon.
Professor Dr. Emajuddin Ahmed said, it is necessary to dissolve parliament and handover the responsibilities of maintaining law and order to the Army to hold the next polls in a free and fair manner. 
BNP Standing Committee Members Mirza Abbas, Dr. Abdul Moin Khan, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nazrul Islam Khan, among others, were present in the programme. 
Jamat-e-Islami leaders Golam Parwar, Abdul Halim, Labor party leader Mustafizur Rahman Iran and others from the BNP led 20 party alliance also joined the programme. 

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