Dhaka, July 9 (Just News): Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday concluded seven-hour long token hunger strike with a vow to not allow holding the next general election without the party’s imprisoned chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s release and her participation in the polls.
BNP centrally as part of the countrywide programme observed the token hunger strike at Dhaka Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir led the hunger strike.
About 4:10pm, Ganoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury broke the hunger strike by offiering water to Fakhrul and other senior leaders who took part in the programme.
BNP announced the countrywide token hunger strike to protest at ‘staying’ the Khaleda Zia’s bail and demanding her ‘unconditional’ release.
Leaders and activists of BNP and its front and associate organisations started the token hunger strike on the premises of Dhaka Mohanagar Natyamancha in the city at 9:00am.
They observed the strike braving frequent drizzling under open sky.
Although more than 500 leaders and activists actively took part in the hunger strike, hundreds of leaders and activists from different parts of the city gathered at the venue.
BNP announced the programme for metropolitan cities including Dhaka and district headquarters across the country.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by a special Dhaka judge’s court on February 8 and was sent to old Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road in the capital.