The countrywide road, rail, waterways blockade will continue, says the BNP.
In a statement on
Wednesday, the party's Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
called upon people, 'on behalf of Khaleda Zia', to continue the 'peaceful'
The 18-Party opposition alliance led by BNP had called the
blockade from the first day of the year to thwart the Jan 5 polls.
the elections on Sunday, BNP chairperson's adviser Osman Farruq had announced to
continue the blockade demanding cancellation of the polls.
The party also
called for a 48-hour strike, starting on the eve of the polls. After voting on
Sunday, it was extended till Wednesday morning followed by another 12-hour
extension till the evening.
The statement also announced to hold special
prayers on Friday at mosques, temples, churches for those killed during the
strike. On Saturday, the 18-Party alliance will hold agitation in all
metropolitans, districts and Upazilas.
"The planned attacks on minorities
are an attempt to divert attention from the voters' absence and enthusiastic
boycott of the farcical elections amid criticism from national-international
organisations," Mirza Fakhrul said in the statement.
Houses of Hindus
have been attacked in different parts of the country following Sunday's polls.
Those who were attacked said it was because they went to vote.
Awami League leaders has said that the BNP-Jamaat alliance carried out the
Mirza Fakhrul rubbished the allegations saying that
the members of the ruling party have attacked homes of religious minorities and
torched schools and blamed the Opposition for it.
Meanwhile, at media
briefing on Wednesday, BNP Standing Committee member Mahbubur Rahman demanded
that those involved in the attacks should be brought to
"Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. Miscreants are out
to foil the harmony among the people of different faiths including Muslims,
Hindus, Christians and Buddhists.
"Those who have done this can't have
any identity. They are miscreants; they want to spoil our historical communal
harmony, instigate communalism,” said the BNP leader.