BNP begins pre-hartal agitation
BNP began a six-day agitation programme yesterday by holding rallies and bringing out processions at district and upazila levels across the country.
The National Standing Committee of the party had earlier announced the programme that includes hartal on November 30 demanding steps to end miseries of the people and to save democracy as well the country.
The party will organise rallies and processions at district and upazila levels tomorrow and across the country on November 29 in support of the hartal.
Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the main opposition party, last night held a meeting with the leaders of like-minded parties.
Khaleda Zia in her first meeting with the leaders of Islami Oikya Jote, Bangladesh Jatiya Party and Khelafat-e Majlish requested them to participate in the November 30 hartal actively.
In another meet, same request was made to the leaders of Jatiya Ganatantri Party, NPP, Labour Party and Islami Party.
She will hold talks with Jamaat leaders tomorrow.
On Wednesday, Khaleda held a meeting with her party leaders residing in Dhaka and asked them to make all efforts to make the hartal a success.
Party insiders said the agitation programme aims at mounting pressure on the government ahead of the November 29 hearing of the party chief's leave-to-appeal petition against the High Court verdict regarding her previous cantonment house.
Meanwhile, the ruling Awami League leaders said BNP will be held responsible for any sort of violence, arson and killings in the name of hartal.
“BNP leaders will have to take all responsibilities if such incidents occur,” Qamrul Islam, state minister for law, told journalists yesterday.
Senior AL leader Suranjit Sen Gupta said BNP has called hartal against the state, and not against the government. So, the people will resist it.
Earlier on June 27, BNP called first hartal since Awami League assumed office. It enforced another on Nov 14 protesting "eviction" of the party chairperson from the cantonment house.