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BNP’s nationwide union-level rallies Saturday

Politics 2023-02-10, 9:18pm

BNP central office at Naya Paltan in Capital Dhaka.

Dhaka, Feb 10 –The leaders and activists of the main opposition BNP and its associate bodies are set to march in all the unions across the country to press home their 10-point demand - most importantly, to hold the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.

Besides, Ganatantra Mancha, Ganatantrik Bam Oikya, the 12-Party Alliance, Samamona Jote, LDP, Gonoforum, and People’s Party, will observe a similar programme in the different areas of the capital as part of their simultaneous movement.

Ganatantra Mancha will observe the programme at the divisional and district levels.

BNP senior leaders said their programme will be observed only at the union level as part of the party’s move to involve people from the grassroots in their ongoing anti-government movement.

On February 4, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the march programme at the union level from a rally in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office.

“Our program this time will be at the union level. We’ll march at the union level across the country on February 11 (Saturday), as part of the simultaneous movement to protest against the increase in prices of daily necessities, including gas electricity, rice and lentils and for the restoration of democracy, the resignation of the government and implementation of our 10-point demand,” he said.

Talking to UNB on Friday, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the main goal of their march programme at all unions is to spread the ongoing movement at the grassroots level.

“Our movement will get a new dimension through our march programme at the union level,” he said.

BNP leaders at the district level have been instructed by the party’s Nayapaltan central office to make the programme a success with the spontaneous participation of people from all walks of life, said a BNP acting office secretary Syed Imarn Saleh Prince.

He said they asked the party leaders to hold the programme peacefully without responding to any provocative acts by the ruling party and law enforcers.

Prince urged the government and the ruling party to refrain from obstructing and instigating BNP leaders and activists in observing their peaceful programme.

Meanwhile, Ganatantra Mancha in a press release said they will start march towards Motijhleel Shapla Chattar from the Jatiya Press Club at 11am.

Besides, LDP will march from Bhatra to Badda Link Road around 3pm while the 12-prty alliance to the Jatiya Press Club from Bijoynagar.

It was the fifth program of the simultaneous movement after the mass processions on December 24 and 30, sit-in on January 11 and rallies, processions on January 16 and rallies on January 25 and February 4.

Earlier, leaders and activists of the party’s Dhaka North and South city units observed the march program on January 28, 31, 30 and February 1 respectively to push for the 10-point demand.

BNP’s Dhaka North City unit will again march from Shyamoli club ground to the Basila Saat Rasta crossing on Sunday (February 12. - UNB