The former prime minister also alleged that the ruling Awami League (AL) has siphoned off Tk 30,000 crore over the last seven years.
She demanded of the government either release Shafik Rehman and Amar Desh editor Mahmudur Rahman or arrest Joy and grill him over the laundered Tk 2,500 crore.
Khaleda said journalist Shafik Rehman was arrested and put on remand as he collected some information about Prime Minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s involvement in siphoning off Tk 2,500 crore.
“The ruling party often talks about development…they’ve plundered more public money than what they spent on development. Now they’re taking mega projects in the name of development and looting huge money. Awami League has plundered Tk 30,000 crore over the last seven years,” she said.
She urged to speed up movements against the Awami League (AL) government taking lessons from the May Day.
The ruling AL government is cooking all necessary recipes in a bid to stay in power forever, she alleged adding, “Sheikh Hasina is trying to establish a one-party rule in the country after closing all political parties here.”
There can be no ‘fair election’ under the present Election Commission, she said. “We will not allow another general election under this government,” she added.
BNP’s workers’ front Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal arranged the programme, marking the May Day.