BNP calls hartal for Nov 30
The main opposition BNP has called another countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for November 30 demanding actions to resolve the miseries of the people, save democracy and defend the country's interest.
The party will hold procession and rallies in districts and upazilas on November 25-27 and in divisional headquarters on November 28.
It will bring pro-hartal processions on November 29.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain announced the set of programmes while addressing newsmen at party Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office during its standing committee meeting last night.
Meeting sources, however, said the party selected November 30 for hartal to mount pressure on the judiciary and the government.
The Supreme Court fixed November 29 for the hearing on Khaleda's leave-to-appeal petition against a High Court verdict that upheld a government notice asking her to vacate the Mainul Road house in Dhaka Cantonment.
The hartal may be extended for another day if the Supreme Court verdict goes against Khaleda or the government takes any sort of action against the party's protest programmes including hartal, sources added.
The meeting also passed a motion of condolence for Lt Gen (retd) Mir Shawkat Ali, a war veteran who died on Saturday, amid opposition from Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, said a committee member requesting anonymity.
“Shawkat was not a BNP leader as he resigned from the party,” sources quoted Salahuddin as saying.
Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman and Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah vehemently protested Salahuddin.
BNP standing committee on Sunday night expelled the party's vice-chairman Nazmul Huda for “breaking party discipline” and then the chairperson adjourned the meeting till yesterday evening.
It resumed at 8:00pm and continued till 10:00pm.
At one stage, Delwar came out of the meeting and disclosed the party decision to the newsmen.
BNP enforced a countrywide hartal on November 14 protesting the “eviction” of Khaleda Zia from the cantonment house.
Earlier on June 27, BNP called first hartal in more than three and a half years.
Delwar said, “We enforced the June 27 hartal making the same demands but the government failed to improve the situation within this time. The government even evicted Khaleda Zia from her house…they also conducted propaganda against the leader of the opposition using ISPR [Inter Services Public Relations].”