An advisor to Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia has threatened a movement to make the government concede the opposition demand. Mir Md Nasir Uddin issued the threat at a rally in Chittagong city, held as part of the BNP-led 18-Party alliance’s ongoing campaign for a non-party, caretaker government to oversee the national election.
“Khaleda Zia will not go to Ganabhaban. The BNP will make (Prime Minister) Sheikh Hasina go to Khaleda Zia, leaving her Ganabhaban,” he said.
Hasina had called and invited Khaleda, he said, for a dialogue over dinner but the latter had rejected the invitation, saying she could talk only after the shutdown ended.
The BNP says the government should initiate the process for a dialogue all over again, while the ruling party says it is now for the Opposition to take the initiative.
The former State Minister urged Khaleda not to be misled by the government’s ploy.
“A play is being staged in the name of dialogue,” Jamaat-e-Islami MP ANM Shamsul Islam told the rally at Kazir Deuri crossing in the port city.
Tougher programmes would be announced after next week’s Juma prayer, he said.
The rally announced a funeral prayer at Jamiatul Falah Mosque after the Jumma prayers on Friday for those who died during the three-day shutdown.
Chittagong City BNP General Secretary Shahdat Hossain was among those who spoke at the rally. – bdnews24.com