The ruling Awami League led 14-party alliance on Wednesday announced a series of agitation programmes to protest the ongoing violence across the country that claimed more than 56 lives and leaving over 1,000 people injured.
The violence so far left nearly 900 passenger buses and other vehicles torched or vandalized since Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 20-party alliance enforced the nationwide indefinite transport blockade since January 6.
The alliance will hold a 'peace rally' at Chouddagram upazila in Comilla on Saturday commemorating the death of seven commoners killed in the recent arson attack there.
Nasim, also spokesperson of the 14-party, made this announcement at a press conference at AL President Sheikh Hasina's political office at Dhanmondi in the capital. Alongside the 'peace rally' on February 7, the 14-party alliance will also form human chain across the country including each upazilla on February 8 in protest against the ongoing terrorist acts during the on-going blockade programme. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) a political wing of the 14-party alliance will also hold a peace rally across the country on February 7 in protest against the street violence committed by the BNP-Jamaat leaders and activists.
Apart from this, Workers Party, a political partner of the alliance will hold the similar programme on February 10 while Samyabadi Dal will stage similar programme across the country on February 13 on the same ground, Nasim said.
Later, the ruling 14-party alliance will stage several demonstrations at different places in Dhaka on
Meanwhile, Nasim called upon the law enforcers to maximise their efforts to restore peace and stability in the country. Nasim added saying that the 14-party alliance would extend all necessary support in achieving their goals.
The Health Minister said, "Khaleda Zia has turned herself into a militant leader and she is no longer a leader of common people."
Nasim, who is also an AL Presidium member, criticized Khaleda Zia for enforcing a fresh spell of hartals (shutdowns) in a bid to foil secondary school certificate (SSC) exams.
He also said, "Keeping 14 lakh examinees hostage to such uncertainty (series of violence) Khaleda Zia wisely thought of sending her grand-daughter to Malaysia so that she could appear for her on-going O-level examinations."
Beside, 14-party alliance will also hold two joint meetings with professionals, women leaders, freedom fighters and other organisations to successfully hold human chain scheduled on February 8.