Friday, 27 January, 2023

BNP may go for one-pt movement in Sept

Aims to oust govt for holding polls under CG

BNP may go for one-pt movement in Sept

Opposition BNP is likely to go for a one-point movement in September next to oust the government for the next election to be held under a neutral caretaker government.

It will also remain busy on the streets with programmes on various public issues, including the hike in prices of essential commodities, gas and electricity, and possible power outage in summer in the run-up to the one-point movement, party insiders said.

The programmes include road march, long march and laying siege to government offices across the country.

“We’ll announce movement programmes in the right time. Programmes will be declared depending on the political situation,” BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told the Daily Sun.

He also said their party will announce its next course of action after holding its nationwide demonstration tomorrow.

BNP announced a fresh countrywide programme for January 25 to press home their 10-point demand, including resignation of the government and holding the next general election under a caretaker government.

Its likeminded political parties are also scheduled to hold the same programme simultaneously.

The party sources said the demonstration programme is also meant for lodging protest against the price hike of essential commodities ahead of Ramadan.

The BNP Standing Committee in its meeting held on January 19 discussed their next course of action and movement outline, the meeting sources said.

In the meeting, they decided to carry on ‘peaceful’ movement and go with harsher programmes depending on the situation.

BNP will stage demonstration in protest against the hike in electricity and gas tariff in February and will intensify it gradually with harsher programmes in March.

It will announce demonstration programme in protest against possible load shedding in March.

At the same time, it has planned to lay siege to power offices across the country, the sources added.

“From the bitter experience of past movements over the 2014 general election, BNP has, however, planned to go slowly with peaceful programmes this time. The party wants to get rid of the stigma of arson attacks,” a central leader of the party told the Daily Sun, wishing not to be named.

He said the party anyway wants to avoid confrontation with ruling Awami League before going for the all-out movement as it wants to take harsher programmes for a short time to compel the government to resign.

The BNP leader said the party wants to increase the participation of common people in their programmes to be held on public issues.

Party insiders said BNP is likely to hold road march and long march before going for the final programmes to drum up public support in favour of their movement.

In the final stage, BNP along with its like-minded parties will stage programmes like Dhaka march, Dhaka siege, Prime Minister’s Office siege and Election Commission siege to realise their demands.

BNP has taken to streets with its 10-point demand which will turn into a one-point oust-government movement gradually, it said.

Taking to the Daily Sun, Saiful Huq, one of the top leaders of Ganatantra Mancha, said they are discussing programmes like long march and road march to realise their demands. “Oour movement may be intensified in March-April. We’ll also stage big programmes in between Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha,” he added.

A few BNP leaders said this time they do not want to step into the ‘trap’ of the government and will avoid any violence to manifest their party as a ‘peace-loving’ one before the foreign countries.

“Movement depends on scope. A harsher movement may come anytime if scope is created. BNP is waiting for a chance of movement to oust the government with a shorter but harsher movement,” a senior party leader said.

However, there is difference of opinion among BNP and other like-minded parties about the movement outline as a group wants to go for all-out programmes from right now, sources said.

BNP will finalise their movement plan after a meeting of its liaison committee with other opposition parties, the sources added.

On December 10 last year, BNP announced its simultaneous movement to realise the 10-point demand.