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BNP shrugs off 7-day warning
Published : Sunday, 18 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 22

Al Amin
The leaders of the 20-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are not worried about the government's seven-day ultimatum of stemming their on-going movement.      
The alliance has completed its preparation for the final push of the anti-government movement though the government has announced sterner measures against the blockade.
Government sources said that there have been deaths and damage to property during the blockade and this is having a detrimental effect on the economy. That is why they have decided to crush the anti-government movement within seven days.
But the alliance has decided to remain firm in its movement until the government agrees to hold  a dialogue on certain issues to resolve the current political crisis.
Twenty-two people have been killed, of whom 11 died from petrol bomb or arson attacks, while 700 others were injured in the last 11 days of blockade since January 6.
The blockade was enforced by the 20-party alliance demanding immediate steps for holding an inclusive election under a non-partisan administration.
Regarding, the ruling Awami League has decided to stop them within a week to bring back peace to reactivate the country's economy.
BNP Standing Committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia told The Daily Observer, "Political crisis can never be resolved by force. The crisis we are in now will not be resolved by applying force."
"As much as the government oppresses the opposition leaders and activists, the movement will intensify to resist them. We are not worried about the government warning," he added.
BNP sources said, the alliance leader and the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has already  finalised strategies as she apprehended that the government would use its law enforcers to further repress and oppress opposition leaders and activists.
 "The government having no public support wants to cling to power by killing people. It wants to deploy all forces at its disposal to evict the opposition but it cannot save itself in the end," BNP Standing Committee member Brig Gen (Retd) ASM Hannan Shah told this correspondent on Saturday.
 He said, "After the second phase of the Bishwa Ijtema on Sunday our party leaders and activists will be stricter in enforcing the roads, railways and waterways blockade."












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