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New BNP agitation after Dec 16
Khaleda sits with top leaders today
Publish Date : 2014-11-22,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 15
Staff Correspondent
Bnagladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to announce new agitation programme after  Victory Day on December 16 to press home the party's demand for an inclusive election under a non-partisan administration.
Following this, the BNP Chairperson is going to sit with the top leaders of her party-led 20-party alliance on Saturday night to finalise concrete plans for implementing her demand for an inclusive election under a non-partisan administration.
Earlier, Khaleda Zia discussed the final movement strategy with her party's senior leaders as she had sat with the party advisory council members, vice-chairmen and joint secretaries and standing committee members this month.
Khaleda Zia will also address a rally at Comilla on November 29 as part of her effort to prepare the ground for a new round of anti-government protests aimed at forcing the authorities to declare the date for the election. She may give final ultimatum from this rally to the government as part of her final push.
The BNP chief will also spell out some action programmes like hartal, gherao, non-cooperation, and blockade to be enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance if her ultimatum goes unheeded.
Khaleda Zia, however, had also issued ultimatums thrice last year before waging a decisive movement before the January-5 election.
The party insider said the party will not carry out their decisive movement for a longer period this time as they did last year. "Instead, the party will try to get a positive outcome within 10-15 days through a vigorous movement, mainly in Dhaka," he added.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Acting Secretary General of the BNP, told the Daily Observer, "We'll intensify our movement once the mass campaign ends."
Fakhrul said, "The party Chairperson Khaleda Zia has already worked out the party's next course of action and movement strategy at the meeting with the party's policymakers."
"The Chairperson will also meet the alliance leaders to share party's stance regarding the next course of action to meet our demand," he added.
Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman, member of Standing Committee of the party, said, "People have been eagerly waiting for a call for a decisive movement. But we still want a reasonable and peaceful solution to the problem through talks to avoid violence and public sufferings."
He said they will wait for a certain period for a government initiative to engage in dialogue to overcome the current political deadlock. "But, we'll have no option but to take harsher programs like hartal, blockade and non-cooperation if the government blocks our movement and continues its repressive acts instead of responding to our call for talks," Mahbub said.

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