BNP extends support to Jamaat hartal 4 hrs after starting
BNP has extended its support to Jamaat-e-Islami's countrywide dawn-to-dusk shutdown four hours after its commencement.
The BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the announcement at an emergency press briefing held at party's Nayapaltan office in the capital on Thursday.
The Jamaat called nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal began at 6am on Thursday protesting the arrest and remand of its top leaders, including Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, in a slacked manner.
Replying to a query in the briefing, Rizvi said, "BNP in principle supports Jamaat hartal. But, talks were not held yet with the alliance leaders in this regard."
"The government is trying establish its reign across the country by spreading panic in the public mind. For this, they are arresting Jamaat and BNP men. Now, there is no movement, no election, no programme in the country. But the government's drive to arrest politicians is on," he alleged.
The BNP leader also informed that a party delegation will join talks with the Election Commission on October 15 to place its draft proposals for next general election.