Return of Khaleda to her residence marks blowing of new wind?

Return of Khaleda to her residence marks blowing of new wind?

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With the return of Khaleda Zia to the Gulshan residence after getting bail, the political situation appears to have started improving across the country though the BNP is yet to make any decision to withdraw its non-stop blockade.
“A new wind is blowing in the politics with the return of Khaleda Zia at her residence after receiving the bail from the court,” said BNP chairperson’s adviser Khondaker Mahbub Hossain.
Talking to journalists, he said if the government responds to the opposition demand to resolve the political stalemate politically, the party chairperson would also respond positively.Asked whether the BNP would withdraw the countrywide blockade programme, he said Khaleda has just returned to her home and would take next course of action after making an assessment with the new development.
Jahangir Alam Mintu, a city BNP leader and vice-president of Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal said the government should come up with positive initiative in response to BNP chief’s “go soft” policy for sustainable peace in politics.
“If the government takes madam’s stance as BNP’s weakness and go on with its ongoing policy to oppress opposition, the situation will go back to square one again,” he added.
Khaleda Zia entered her Gulshan residence located at House No-1 and Road No 79 of Gulshan-2 at about 12:20pm after securing bail from the special court at Bakshibazar.
The former premier has been confined to her Gulshan office since January 3 as police put barricade on her way to attend a rally in front of BNP central office at Naya Paltan on January 5 to mark the first anniversary of what they said farcical election.
BNP wanted to observe the day as “democracy killing day” through forming human chains in front of party headquarters and holding rallies across the country.
The ruling Awami League, on the other hand, planned to launch a massive publicity campaign across the country on January 5 to observe the day as “victory day for democracy”.
Khaleda Zia wanted to go to party headquarters from her Gulshan office on January 3 to visit ailing party joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi but police blocked her way out by placing water cannon, several sand and brick laden trucks and two police vans in front of her office.
Plainclothes Police, on the other hand, took away Rizvi Ahmed to Apollo Hospital for his treatment and locked the main gate of party central office vacating the office clear of office staff.
The BNP chief tried to go out to join January 5 rally but police strengthened their blockade with deployment of additional number of law enforcers and locked the main entrance of her Gulshan office.
At one stage police also used pepper spray to prevent her workers from trying to open the main entrance of her office as Khaleda was talking to the media.
At that stage, feeling hurt, Khaleda announced countrywide non-stop blockade programme protesting the police action.
During her stay in Gulshan office, Khaleda Zia lost her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, who died in Malaysia on January 24.
Sixteen days later, the police and barricade were removed from in front of Khaleda’s office. Khaleda continued to stay at her office fearing that she may be confined at her residence, cut off communication links as was done before January 5 polls.
She had to stay at her office for few days without electricity and telecommunication and TV cable services that were cut off on January 30.
On Sunday before her return to the Gulshan residence, Khaleda’s personal belongings were carried there by her staff from her Gulshan office.
On Saturday, her domestic staff cleaned her home in preparation of her return after three months’ absence.
Different ruling party affiliated organizations including one led by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan staged demonstration in front of her office and Gulshan circle number 2 demanding the withdrawal of hartal and blockade. – Staff Reporter

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