20-party slams 14-party's rejection of unity call

20-party slams 14-party’s rejection of unity call


Dhaka – Coming down hard on 14-party alliance and some Awami League leaders for turning down Khaleda Zia’s call for a national unity, the BNP-led 20-party alliance on Wednesday said they have exposed their irresponsibility to the nation through the denial, UNB news agency reported.“The 14-party alliance leaders and some top Awami League leaders have actually disregarded the nation’s expectations through ignoring the BNP chairperson’s call for a national unity,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Addressing a press briefing after a meeting of the 20-allince at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office, he also said, “The ruling alliance leaders also demonstrated their irresponsibility to the nation having failed to rise above the party interest.”
The BNP leader said the 20-party thinks the ruling party and its alliance want to split the nation and push it into a deeper crisis when a national unity is a must to overcome the current crisis.
The BNP leader said the 20-alliance leaders at the meeting denounced their stance and urged them to accomplish their national responsibility responding to Khaleda Zia’s call.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia sat with the top leaders of the 20-party alliance on Wednesday night to discuss the country’s latest situation and work out its next course of action.
The nearly one and a half hours meeting that began around 8:30 pm was held at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office with Khaleda in the chair.
Fakhrul said the meeting strongly condemned and protested the recent terror attacks in the country, including Gulshan café one.
He said the 20-party leaders also expressed their solidarity with Khaleda’s call for a national unity to fight against extremism and terrorism.
The BNP secretary general said their party chairperson after her meetings with party leaders and intellectuals and professionals will announce the 20-party’s action programme over the militant issue.
A number of alliance leaders wishing anonymity said most alliance leaders suggested Khaleda to hold an anti-militancy and anti-terrorism national convention in Dhaka.
Besides, they suggested mobilising public opinion against extremism by holding rallies, seminars and human chain programmes at different cities and district towns.
After the alliance meeting, Khaleda Zia sat with her party’s senior leaders, including the standing committee members and vice-chairmen. The meeting ended around 11:40 PM.
She will also sit in a meeting with intellectuals, journalists and eminent citizens on Thursday night at the same venue to take suggestions as to how the party should work for forging a national unity to face the growing extremism problem.
Earlier on July 3, Khaleda Zia held a meeting with her party’s standing committee members two days after the country’s deadliest terrorist attack at a restaurant in upscale Gulshan.
After the meeting, she at a press conference urged all, irrespective of party and opinion, to forge a unity against terrorism to eliminate militancy from the country.
Twenty-two people, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian national and two police officials, were killed as terrorists attacked Holey Artisan Bakery at the city’s Gulshan diplomatic zone on July 1.
On July 7, terrorists also attacked a police check-post near Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj only minutes before the Eid prayers, killing two policemen and a housewife. Law enforcers also gunned down one of the attackers.


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