BNP-led alliance opts for 3-day hartal from November 4

Rashed Ahmed Mitul

Most of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance leaders at a meeting on Wednesday gave opinion for enforcing a 3-day countrywide general strike from November 4 for holding the next general election under a non-party neutral government.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia held the meeting with the alliance leaders at her Gulshan office at 9:45pm to decide the next course of the ongoing movement.
An alliance leader told New Age that most of the leaders at the meeting gave opinions in favour nationwide shutdown for November 4-6 instead of countrywide road-rail-water ways blockade as proposed some of the leaders.
Another leader of the alliance also told New Age that 3-day hartal would be enforced from November 4.
The meeting also decided to hold countrywide demonstration on Saturday in protest against killing, arrests, attack, harassment of opposition leader and activists, the meeting sources said.
The alliance would observe November 7 as Revolution and Solidarity Day in a befitting manner through demonstration and holding cultural events across the country, said an alliance leader.
Replying to a query, the leader said that the alliance would go for tougher protests if the Election Commission announced schedule for ‘unilateral’ election.
The meeting discussed the government’s ‘staged manage drama in the name of dialogue.’
It suggested that the alliance would join the dialogue only when the government would invite to discuss the formation of election-time non-party government, the alliance leader said.
Alliance leaders including Oli Ahmed, Shafiul Alam Prodhan, Syed M Ibrahim, Sheikh Shawkat Hossain Nilu, Ahmad Abdul Quader and Mustafizur Rahman Iran were present at the meeting that lasted for about an hour.

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