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Friday, March 13, 2015, Falgun 29, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 21, 1436 Hijr

Movement to continue
Khaleda reiterates call for dialogue
Observer Online Report
Published : Friday, 13 March, 2015,  Time : 5:15 PM,  View Count : 67
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has reiterated her call to hold a dialogue soon in order to end the current political crisis.

“We're calling upon the government to arrange a fresh election in a neutral and transparent manner through talks,” said the BNP chief while addressing a press conference at her Gulshan office in the capital on Friday.

BNP vice chairman Begum Selima Rahman, Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal General Secretary Shirin Sultana and BNP chairperson’s press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan, among others, were present at the press conference.

Khaleda Zia also said the ongoing peaceful movement would continue until it reached to a logical conclusion.  

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has enforced nonstop blockade and frequent hartals since January 6. During the blockade and hartal, over one hundred people died in arson attack.  

The BNP chairperson, however, claimed that her party does not believe in violence. Carrying out subversive activities, the government is trying to brand the alliance's “democratic movement” as militant activities, Khaleda alleged.

The government did not take any initiative to resolve the stalemate situation in the country, alleged the BNP chief adding her alliance has been launching movement to restore democracy and voting rights of the people.

Khaleda Zia also alleged that Awami League has sealed the process of handing over power in a transparent manner through scrapping the caretaker government system after the 15th amendment of the constitution.

Mentioningthat the ruling AL promised to hold another election after holding the polls in January 5, 2014, the former prime minister said, “We called off our movement and waited for about a year but AL does not have any instance to keep its pledge. BNP made a mistake by believing Hasina.”

Now, the government is staying in power by applying force as many people were killed by the law enforcing agencies, Khaleda mentioned.

She also alleged that law enforcers picked up BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed but they have been denying the fact. Khaleda warned of dire consequences if Salahuddin is not released immediately. 

The BNP chief claimed that the illegal government is controlling the media by issuing intimidation and threat. The media now cannot play its role, she added.  

Khaleda Zia called upon people from all strata of the society to join the BNP-sponsored movement accepting temporary trouble.

In the press conference, Khaleda Zia made a demand to release its leaders and activists and withdraw the false cases against them.

She also urged the government to lift ban on the rallies and procession. 



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