BNP declares month-long programme
The main opposition BNP yesterday announced month-long agitation programmes from May 5 protesting 'the government's failure to rid the people of electricity, water and gas crises.'
The programmes include protest rallies, processions and human chains in all upazilas, districts and divisional towns, said BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain at a press conference at the party chairperson's Gulshan office.
"As a popular political party we cannot remain silent about the sufferings of people. But we shall continue our protest against the government's illegal notice served to the party chairperson asking her to vacate her house," Delwar said replying to a question.
He said they have been offering the government advice, recommendations and cooperation on a number of issues over the past few months. But in return the government is slandering BNP leaders and activists.
"Our people are being murdered, sued and attacked. But we have not announced any tough programme as it might hamper law and order," he said.
Delwar said the government has totally failed to perform its duty causing the existing crises to deepen further.
The party will hold protest rallies and bring out processions in metropolitan cities, districts and upazilas on May 5 demanding an end to water, power and gas crises.
On May 10 human chains will be formed across the country demanding quick and fair trial of the perpetrators of the massacre at the Pilkhana BDR headquarters.
BNP will hold rallies and bring out processions across the country on May 14 in protest against 'deterioration in law and order.'
Human chains will be formed in all metropolitan cities, districts and upazilas on May 19 demanding an end to the "ongoing violence in educational institutions."
They party will hold rallies and bring out processions on May 24 demanding reduction in diesel prices, bringing commodity prices within the reach of the common man, ensuring fair prices for agricultural products and protection for export-oriented industries.
Similar programmes will be held on June 2 in protest against "deterioration in law and order and incidents of murder, robbery, extortion and harassment."
Besides, BNP will hold protest rallies in all divisional and district headquarters across the country on Saturday demanding withdrawal of the government notice that was served to Khaleda Zia to evacuate her cantonment house.
Party leaders Nazrul Islam Khan, Rizvi Ahmed and chairperson's press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel, among others, were present.
When asked about intra-party problems, Delwar said they are working on it.
"It's true that there are some problems in the party but those will not put obstacles in the way of making the party pro-grammes successful," he added.