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Khaleda sees AL hand in arson

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Khaleda14BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has claimed that ruling Awami League activists are torching vehicles and putting the blame on the Opposition.
The Leader of the Opposition has also warned the government against trying to foil the 18-Party alliance's Dec 29 Dhaka march to 'protect democracy'."They (the Awami League) are setting fire to buses. They are pointing the finger at others for the arson," Khaleda said at a programme on Wednesday at her Gulshan office.She claimed her party activists were being implicated in 'false cases'. "This is what they (the Awami League) do."The BNP chief called on the government to cooperate with her alliance for the Dhaka march on Dec 29.Khaleda said they would observe the programme 'peacefully' and warned against any intervention."The situation will get worse if we are not allowed to hold it," she warned."Please do not try to bar our programme. Why can't we hold rallies in front of our headquarters if they (the Awami League) can? Why do police cordon our office off," she asked.Speaking at a programme organised to exchange pleasantries with the Christians in the Christmas, she warned that the consequence would be grave if the government did not allow the Opposition to stage the Dec 29 ‘march for democracy’.Khaleda on Tuesday had announced the march to Dhaka to force the cancellation of the Jan 5 parliamentary polls.She promised on Wednesday that the march would be peaceful.“Don’t try to obstruct our programme,” she cautioned the government.The BNP chief cut a Christmas cake with children at the programme.The Leader of the Opposition arrived at her office, cordoned by law enforcers, at around 7:30pm. Though she was allowed to enter the office, other leaders and activists of the party were not.Khaleda said: “The situation in the country is not good. Two contradictory laws are enforced. The ruling party held a rally in front of their office (Tuesday). But the Opposition is not being allowed to stage rallies anywhere.”She again urged the government to cancel the Jan 5 election in the interest of the country.The Opposition chief again called for dialogues to end the political impasse over the poll-time government.“There is scope in the Constitution to announce the election schedule afresh.”The BNP-led 18-Party Alliance is demanding the holding of the next parliamentary polls under a non-party caretaker administration.But the government is advancing with its plan to hold the election on Jan 5 under the government-led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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