Khaleda to go for ‘mass contact’ before ‘final push’Rashed Ahmed Mitul
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, is likely to embark on a mass contact campaign across the country after Eid-ul-Fitr to mobilise support before going for the final phase of the movement to push an election-time ‘non-party’ government.
The opposition’s post-Eid movement might feature a ‘final ultimatum’ to the government to compel it to concede to their main demand for restoring the provision for caretaker government in the constitution, a senior leader of BNP told New Age.
He said Khaleda Zia and BNP senior leaders would tour districts to build up public opinion for the demand.
She is likely to announce a final programme for movement at a ‘grand rally’ in the capital sometime in September.
In reply to a question, the BNP leader said like-minded parties outside the BNP-led ‘18-party’ alliance, including Bikalpadhara Bangladesh of AQM Badrudozza Chowdhury, Kader Siddiqui’s Krishak Sramik Janata League and ASM Abdur Rob of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal might carry out movement simultaneously with them.
Finally, the parties might carry out movement from a ‘single platform’, he said.
It was learnt that BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had been in touch with the like-minded parties as well as with Jatiya Party of HM Ershad to bring them under the banner of the ‘18-party’ alliance.
BNP insiders said JP had ‘almost agreed’ to join hands with Khaleda Zia’s alliance but it was taking its time fearing arrest of its chairman who was facing several cases.
BNP and its front organisations have been holding iftar parties and workers’ meetings across the country since the beginning of Ramadan as part of its preparations for both movement and general elections.
Mirza Fakhrul told New Age that the party leaders and activists were prepared to carry out movement after the Eid.
He said leaders and activists were ‘upbeat’ after the victories of the BNP-backed candidates in five city corporation polls.
BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman told New Age that the party had no way to look back. The nature of the post-Eid movement would depend on what steps the government takes. It is good if it initiates move for dialogue, but the situation would be different if it ignores the opposition demand, he said.
Mahbub said if the government was found flexible, the opposition would reciprocate.
But if the government remains rigid about the opposition’s demand, he said BNP would go for an ‘all-out’ movement like ‘non-stop’ hartal, road-rail-waterway blockade and demonstrations.
Standing committee member MK Anwar
told New Age that the party’s policymaking body would finalise the next course of action after the Eid.
The standing committee has not met in last two months. Khaleda had last met with her party policymakers on June 8 before the elections to Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations.
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