BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will hold rallies in all the seven divisional cities, including Dhaka, and Narsingdi district, from September 8 to mobilize more public support in favor of their demand for arranging the next election under a non-party administration.
A day after the Prime Minister’s announcement that her government would not budge even an inch from the constitutional provision in holding the next general election, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday announced the fresh program of the opposition to force the government to accept their demand.
Addressing a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, Fakhrul said Khaleda will first address a rally in Narsingdi on September 8.
Later, the leader of the opposition will hold the rallies in Rajshahi on September 15 while Rangpur on September 16, Khulna on September 22, Barisal on September 28 and Sylhet on October 5.
The BNP spokesman said Khaleda will also address rallies in Dhaka and Chittagong after Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims.
The schedules for the two rallies will be announced later, he added.
Besides, Fakhrul said BNP and its 18-party alliance partners will carry out organizational activities and senior leaders will make district-level visits until August 31 to make the respective parties more dynamic.
“To this end, our party BNP has formed 56 teams which will visit our 75 organizational districts across the country till 31 August. During the visits, they will take initiatives to organize the 18-party alliance further,” he said.
The team will also work for strengthening BNP and its all associate bodies so that they can play a dynamic role at all levels.
The programs were worked out at the meetings of 18-party top leaders and BNP standing committee members with Khaleda held on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively at her Gulshan office, Fakhrul said.
He, however, warned that they will announce their next course of action considering the evolving situation in the country and the government’s activities and attitude.
Replying to a question, Fakhrul said they this time too they came up with the soft-line of action to give the government more time to restore the caretaker government system.
Mentioning that they want to resolve the political crisis through talks, the BNP leader alleged that the government is pushing the country towards violence with its rigid stance and stubbornness.
“We hope the government will realise the depth of the prevailing political crisis and take people out of the dark tunnel where they put the nation. We hope good sense will prevail upon them and it will take initiatives to overcome the crisis,” he added.