The 20-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) plans to strengthen its anti-government movement by giving picketing a fillip across the country, especially in the capital this week.
BNP insiders said that their anti-government movement broke all records as the ongoing non-stop countrywide blockade has crossed fifty-day mark, but the government is still not paying any heed to the demand for holding a fresh national election.
So there is no alternative but to accelerate the movement, especially in the capital, they added.
The measure has been deemed necessary as the ongoing blockade and hartal enforced has failed to bear fruit for the opposition alliance, says a political analyst.
BNP Vice-Chairman Selima Rahman told The Daily Observer, "The law enforcers fire live bullets and launch vicious attacks whenever the opposition men try to stage a peaceful procession."
"Despite that our leaders and workers are taking to the streets across the country to agitate against the government. Our policymakers are also thinking of some new programmes to ensure participation of party men on the streets. We are also monitoring the government regarding the warrant of arrest against our party chief," she added.
When asked about Khaleda Zia's arrest, Selima Rahman said, "The ongoing movement will not stop but will intensify if the government takes Khaleda Zia in custody."
The leadership in BNP will follow the provisions of succession in the party constitution, she said when asked how the party will deal with a leadership vacuum, if any.
A top leader of the alliance, wishing anonymity, said they will strengthen street picketing, mainly in Dhaka city, during the hartal and blockade from this week.