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BNP alliance declares soft action program

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Staff Reporter

Although top leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance had repeatedly threatened to wage a strong movement after Eid-ul-Fitr, the coalition on Tuesday declared a 13-day soft action program, including a rally in the capital, for August 19.

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir spelled out the programs at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.

The programs of the alliance will start with bringing out black-flag processions across the country on August 16 protesting Israeli offensive at the Gaza Strip.

“The 20-party will take out processions with black flags in all divisional cities and district towns on August 16 (Saturday) protesting the continued Israeli attacks on Gaza that claimed over 1800 lives, including many women and children,” Fakhrul told reporters.

In the capital, the leaders and activists of the alliance will bring out the procession from in front of BNP office, he said.

The 20-party spokesman said the alliance will hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on August 19 protesting the ‘anti- people’ national broadcast policy.

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to address the rally.

The program will also be observed in all cities and district towns on the same day.

Besides, the senior leaders of the 20-party platform will carry out mass campaigns from August 21-31 in all the cities and district towns to press home their demand for arranging a fresh national election under a non-party administration and other demands, Fakhrul said. “We’re on the movement for assuaging public sufferings alongside our demand for holding a snap election immediately under a non-party caretaker government,” he said.

A day after a crucial meeting with her party’s policymakers, Khaleda Zia sat with top leaders of her party-led 20-party alliance on Monday night and finalized the fresh programs.

Earlier on Sunday night, BNP standing committee members at a meeting with Khaleda worked out the programs.