Bangladesh Nationalist Party is meditating on a fresh series of agitations after the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr next month to compel the government to release the party’s imprisoned chairperson, which the party now thinks depends more on government decision than on the judiciary.
A poll-time neutral government is the other demand for which the party intends to give another big push.
Also, the party will adopt a new strategy for Gazipur City Corporation poll rescheduled for June 26 to check vote rigging against the backdrop of widespread rigging and irregularities allegedly by ruling Awami League in association with police in the recent Khulna City Corporation poll.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told New Age on Wednesday that the party would spell out ‘appropriate’ programme as would demand the situation after Eid for freeing Khaleda and poll-time neutral government.
He said it was clear that Khaleda’s release would be depending on the government’s political decision as after the Appellate Division upheld the High Court bail granted to her, the government was her in confinement showing her arrested in various cases.
So BNP would deal it politically, Mosharraf said.
New programmes like mass procession, public meetings at district headquarters, gherao, blockade and hartal would come one after another depending on the ground reality, the party leaders said.
Khaleda was sentenced to five years in jail in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 by a Dhaka special judge’s court.
BNP held series of countrywide programmes since February 9 in phases for her unconditional release.
The programmes included demonstrations, rallies, human chain, sit-in, token hunger strike, leaflet distribution, mass signature collection, submission of memorandum to deputy commissioners and public meeting at divisional headquarters.
The last BNP demonstration at thanas of metropolitan cities and upazila headquarters across the country was held on May 14 for Khaleda’s release.
Apart from BNP, its front and associate organisations also separately staged countrywide demonstrations for release of the 73-year-old politician.
BNP publicity secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie has told New Age that the party›s district and upazila units across the country have been asked to hold workers’ meeting-cum-iftar parties during the month of Ramadan while central leaders have been asked to visit the respective districts and upazilas for the same task.
Annie said they were asked to brief the grassroots leaders and activists about the type of programmes that would be coming after Eid for Khaleda›s release.
He said he went to his upazila Lakshmipur Sadr for fixing the date of workers meeting.
BNP would try its level best to resist vote rigging and irregularities in the upcoming Gazipur mayoral poll by mobilising its organisational strength.
Standing committee member Mosharraf, who was made coordinator for election campaign in Gazipur, said the party along with people would try to resist rigging in the mayoral poll.
The Gazipur city poll was initially scheduled for May 15 but it was stayed by the High Court following a writ petition by a local AL leader.
BNP publicity secretary Annie said this time, apart from ward-based electioneering committee of BNP, such committees of its front and associate organisation would be formed during Gazipur city poll to check rigging and encourage voters to cast their vote without fear.
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