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BNP, allies mull fresh blockade from Tuesday

Rashed Ahmed Mitul

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance is likely to enforce a fresh weeklong blockade from Tuesday and launch a ‘non-cooperation movement’ in the last week of December to take the current agitation to its culmination.
The decision on the next course of action would be finalised by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday night, the party sources said.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance has enforced a series of road-railway-waterway blockades since November 26 after chief election commissioner Rakibuddin Ahmad on November 25 announced that the 10th parliamentary election would be held on January 5.
The alliance enforced the blockades to press for postponement of the polls schedules and holding of the general elections under a non-party neutral government.
A mid-level leader of BNP close to the party spokesperson told New Age that the next spell of blockade might begin on Tuesday and continue until January 5 with breaks on Fridays.
Some of the leaders said a ‘non-cooperation movement’ might be launched in the last week of December after a possible fourth spell of blockade from Tuesday.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia may announce the programme for ‘non-cooperation movement’ if it was finalised by this time, the party sources said.
The next course of action – blockade or non-cooperation movement – could be announced anytime, the sources said.
The alliance’s last round of 144 hour road-rail-waterway blockade ended at 6:00am on December 13. Some district-level leaders of BNP told New Age that they were instructed by the high command to be prepared for the fourth round of blockade from December 17.
The third round of 144 hour blockade was enforced in December 7- 13.
The alliance enforced the second round of 131-hour blockade in phases from November
30 that ended at 5:00pm on December 5.
The alliance enforced the first round of 71-hour blockade from November 26 and later it was extended in two phases by 71 hours.

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