BNP announces 48-hour transport blockade from Wednesday

The party is expanding its protest against the schedule for the general election

Published : 20 Nov 2023, 10:48 AM
Updated : 20 Nov 2023, 10:48 AM

The BNP has announced fresh plans to enforce another 48-hour transport blockade starting on Wednesday to continue its protests against the announcement of a general election schedule they describe as ‘one-sided’.

The protest programme will continue their demand for the resignation of the current government and the institution of an election-time caretaker government to oversee the polls, said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi via a virtual briefing on Monday.

The party will enforce a transport blockade from 6 am on Wednesday to 6 am on Friday.

Rizvi called for free, fair and impartial elections with the participation of all, allowing party chief Khaleda Zia to go abroad for treatment and the release of all BNP activists and leaders, including Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

“I call on party leaders and activists at all levels to make this programme a success, as did the party’s acting Chairman Tarique Rahman.”

The BNP has enforced a 48-hour hartal since 6 am on Sunday to demand the resignation of the government and protest the election schedule.

The BNP has organised a series of transport shutdowns and blockades after its Dhaka rally on Oct 28 was disrupted by violence. Jamaat-e-Islami and other opposition allies have supported its protest programmes.