The BNP on Saturday announced countrywide rallies on May 19, 20, 26 and 27 to press home their 10-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party neutral government and to protest against the arrest and harassment of party leaders and activists in ‘false cases’.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement of the fresh pro-grammes of their ongoing movement from the party’s rally at Nayapaltan in the capital.
He said their rallies are also meant for registering the party’s protest against the filing of ‘ghost’ cases against opposition leaders and activists, soaring prices of essentials, frequent power cuts and the all-pervasive corruption by the Awami League government.
Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies participated in the rally organised by the party’s Dhaka south and north units in front of its Nayapaltan central office.
As part of the fresh action programmes, Fakhrul said their party will arrange rallies in Dhaka north city, 28 organisational districts and other metropolitan cities on May 19 while in Dhaka south city, 21 organi-sational districts and other metropolitan cities on May 20.
Besides, he said BNP will organize rallies in Dhaka north city, 19 organizational districts and metropoli-tan cities on May 26 while in Dhaka south city and 15 organizational districts on May 27.
The BNP leader said their party will observe the program mainly to mount pressure on the government to step down and hand over power to a non-party caretaker government for holding a credible national election.
“This movement is not to bring the BNP to power. This movement is to restore democracy and establish a government of people by ousting the current regime in a peaceful manner together with the people,” Fakhrul said.