The jail authorities denied permission to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members — Nazrul Islam Khan and Mirza Abbas, to meet their Chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail.
Fakhrul along with the party leaders went to the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka in the afternoon on Thursday and waited there for around half an hour.
Talking to reporters in front of the jail gate, Mirza Fakhrul said, “Based on prior permission, we came here to meet our party chief Khaleda Zia, but the jail authorities didn’t allow us.”
Meanwhile at protest meeting arranged by Engineers’ Association of Bangladesh (EAB) at the National Press Club in the capital on Thursday, Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called for national consensus about holding the next parliamentary election under an election-time neutral government.
“I call upon all political parties and all democracy-loving people to reach a national consensus that we want an election under a neutral government and restoration of democracy,” he said.
The BNP leader said the government is out to implement its ‘evil design’ to hold a ‘stage-managed’ election.
Mirza Fakhrul said the election will not be free, fair and acceptable without an interim government..