9th Round Of Opposition Blockade Begins

A Morning View from the Dhaka street During Opposition's Blockade || Photo: Collected

A Morning View from the Dhaka street During Opposition's Blockade || Photo: Collected

Amid the tepid impact of general strike and blockade programmes, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies in the ongoing movement are enforcing on Sunday (December 3) yet another round of 48-hour road, rail and waterway blockade.

Demanding cancellation of the election schedule and resignation of the ruling Awami League handing over the power to an election-time party-neutral administration, the BNP and other opposition parties and alliances including Jamaat-e-Islami, Ganatantra Mancha and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are set to start their 9th round of blockade today across the country.

The blockade began at 6:00am to end at 6:00am on Tuesday (December 5).

The party’s senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, announced the fresh blockade programme at a virtual press briefing on Thursday (November 30), hours before the end of the opposition’s countrywide hartal.

Rizvi said that the blockade is meant to mount  pressure on the government to quit, hold the next election under a party-neutral government, and release party leaders and activists, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Following the deadly clashes on October 28 during the BNP’s Dhaka grand rally, the opposition camp observed a one-day hartal on October 29.

Later, they enforced eight rounds of blockade programmes across the country until Thursday morning.

Besides, in a statement, BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan on Saturday (December 2) said that what the government is doing, not only for the Awami League, but for the entire nation will soon bring a serious consequence.

‘The hard fact that needs to be mentioned to reveal the reality about the dynamics of politics after November 30 is that the government is celebrating the day of nomination submission as the day of victory in their elections,’ he said, adding that though they do not understand how big a mistake this is for them, they cannot even imagine the huge price Awami League will have to pay in the people’s court for this mistake in the future.

‘Blinded by the lust for power and greed for wealth, they have become ignorant of science, which will soon lead to a fatal outcome not only for the Awami League, but for the entire nation,’ he said.

Regarding the voting rights of the people, Moyeen Khan said that this senseless thought of the government to take away the voting rights of the people forever, which is driving Bangladesh towards an election circus on January 7, is placing a stigmatised image of Bangladesh not only before the nation within the country, but also before the democracy loving people of the world.

‘BNP is continuously agitating for a participatory election to restore people’s right to vote. This movement will continue until this aspiration of the masses is fulfilled,’ he said.

He said that the government thought that this time too like 2014 and 2018 it will come to the power by holding a one-sided election, but that is not going to happen.

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