After a seven-hour mass-hunger strike on Saturday, BNP has decided to hold rallies across the country, including the capital, on Monday, demanding the immediate release of 'critically' ill Khaleda Zia for better treatment abroad.
Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme while concluding their hunger-strike programme in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
He said their party’s all units of metropolitan cities and district towns and Upazila headquarters will hold rallies on Monday.
In the capital, he said, the programme will be held in front of the Jatiya Press Club at 10am.
“We’ll come up with the same demand in the rallies. If our demand is not met by the time, we’ll announce more programmes and free her and ensure her treatment abroad,” Fakhrul said.
Later, the BNP leaders broke the hunger strike by sipping water offered by Dhaka University ex-Vice-chancellor Prof Anwar Ullah Chowdhury around 4pm.
As part of a countrywide programme, hundreds of leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies began the hunger strike in front of their Nayapaltan central office at 9am, demanding Khaleda Zia be allowed to go abroad for advanced treatment.
Several thousand BNP leaders and activists joined the programme.