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BNP to hold march at unions on Feb 11

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 February, 2023 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and other like-minded political parties will hold a union-level march programme across the country on February 11 to press home their 10-point demand.

Their demands include the resignation of the government, holding the next general election under an election-time caretaker government, and reducing the prices of gas, electricity, and essential commodities.

On Saturday,  the BNP and other opposition political parties announced the simultaneous demonstration program, holding divisional rallies across the country, including in Dhaka.

As per the scheduled programme, BNP held the rally in front of the party’s central office at Nayapaltan in the capital on the day.  The rally started at around 2 pm.

Addressing the rally, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced that the party will hold a march programme at the union level across the country, including in Dhaka on February 11.

"We are moving ahead slowly. We will start marching from the union level,

and then it will be held at the upazila and district levels. After that, people will assume the state power," he said.

The BNP secretary general said their ongoing movement will continue until the fall of the current Awami League government.

"We have to go a long way as this fascist government has been staying in power forcibly," he added.

Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the current government has "destroyed" the national parliament and democratic institutions and turned the country into a "failed" state.

"We will establish a people's government by ousting this fascist government through movement," he said.

The BNP leader demanded the release of the opposition leaders and activists, including the party chairperson Khaleda Zia, and the withdrawal of all cases filed against the opposition men immediately.

"We want to get back our rights, our voting rights, and establish a people’s government," he said.

Several hundred leaders and activists of the BNP, its front, and associate organisations joined the programme.

They gathered between the Fakirapool and Nightingale intersections while carrying banners, festoons, and party flags in their hands.

In the same vein, the BNP held rallies in other divisional cities across the country. The programmes were attended by senior party leaders.

Meanwhile, Ganatantra Mancha, an alliance of seven political parties, also announced a march programme across the country for February 11 to press home their 14-point demand, including the resignation of the Awami League government.

The alliance leader, Saiful Huq, general secretary of Revolutionary Workers’ Party of Bangladesh, announced the fresh programmes as part of the ongoing simultaneous movement at a rally held in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Saturday.

In Dhaka, he said Ganatantra Mancha will start the march from Mirpur-12 at 10:00 am towards Motijhleel via Farmgate, Shahbagh, and Paltan.

At the same time, Saiful Huq said their alliance will observe a similar programme at the district and divisional levels all over the country on Saturday.

Jatiyatabadi Shamamana Jote, an eleven-party alliance, also announced that it will hold a union-level march programme across the country on February 11, demanding realisation of their 10 points.

 Addressing the divisional rally at Bijoynagar in the Puarana Paltan area of the capital, the alliance leader Fariduzzaman Farhad, also chairman of National People’s Party (NPP) announced the fresh programme.

At the same time, addressing another rally at Bijoynagar water tank in Purana Paltan of the capital, the alliance leader Jatiya Party chairman Mostafa Jamal Haider announced that the coalition will also hold a union-level march programme simultaneously on February 11.

Gana Forum, People’s Party, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Ganatantrik Bam Oikya also held rallies in different parts of the capital on Saturday and announced the simultaneous march programme for February 11.