Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Sunday, February 25, 2018 05:39:01 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Blockade, hartal progs may end

BNP plans new line of action?

By UNB, DHAKA
17th-Mar-2015       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

As their blockade and hartal programmes have apparently turned out futile earning a bad name due to widespread violence, the BNP-led 20-party alliance is now looking for peaceful action programmes to mount pressure on the government to engage in talks for resolving the ongoing crisis.
Senior BNP leaders said they have a plan to withdraw the ongoing  blockade or stop calling hartal further if they see any visible  efforts from the government side to sit in talks with them over the  political deadlock.
They said, foreign envoys, mainly western ones, stationed in Dhaka and  some pro-BNP intellectuals suggested the party high command to  replace their violent action programmes with peaceful ones to give  
the government a "space" for holding dialogue.
The BNP leaders said party chairperson Khaleda Zia at her press  conference on Friday manifested the party's softened stance on the movement placing some easy conditions for creating a good ground for meaningful talks.
They claimed that if the Prime Minister softens her stance on holding talks with, the party will stop calling hartal and withdrew the non-stop transport blockade after getting any assurance from her of reaching a compromise over snap polls.
"If the government thinks our softened stance as our weakness and doesn't take any initiative for overcoming the crisis, we'll again hit the streets," a BNP leader close to Khaleda told UNB preferring not to be named.
He also claimed that Khaleda is likely to retreat from her earlier rigid stance on overseeing the national election under a non-party neutral administration if the government becomes sincere to hold a fresh election.
The BNP leader also said their party chairperson at her recent meeting with some Western country's diplomats gave a message that she will go to election if it is not held under Sheikh Hasina.
"We've long been urging the government to resolve the ongoing crisis through talks. We still believe if the government takes effective steps the political deadlock will be over.
Our chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Friday's press conference made our position clear that we seek an amicable solution to the crisis through discussion," said BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman.
He said, their party will surely take a positive decision on the ongoing programmes of their movement if the government creates a congenial atmosphere for talks with good intention.
"Our chairperson has reiterated her call for a dialogue as she is sincere about resolving the ongoing political impasses. What else can we do now? We can't alone resolve the crisis the government has created through holding lopsided polls. The key to the solution of the crisis is now in government's hands and they must act positively."
Expressing his sympathy for people for their sufferings caused by the movement, the BNP leader said they have no option to retreat from their ongoing movement for the sake of democracy and ensuring people' s voting and basic rights. He, however, thinks that a new dimension needs to be brought in the movement excluding some current line of actions and including new ones.
Another BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said, "We don' t want to take to the streets as we want a peaceful solution to the current political crisis. But, the government is not taking any step to put an end to the deadlock."He said their chairperson once again made her position clear through her Friday's press conference that she is very sincere to have a peaceful solution to the crisis through talks. "It's now responsibility of the government to respond positively to restore normalcy and peace in the country."

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

International »

New strikes hit Syria enclave after UN delays truce vote


AFP, Beirut  :Air strikes and rocket fire hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a seventh straight day on Saturday after the United Nations again delayed a vote on a ceasefire.The Damascus government launched a devastating bombardment of the enclave just outside the capital last Sunday that has ...

Editorial »

More vigilance at Rohingya camps against human traffickers


Aid workers have identified 32 victims of human trafficking so far at Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and also reported lack of access to basic services and self-reliance opportunities - especially for women and girls increasing the risk of trafficking. If such risks were assessed from the very beginning when ...

Sports »

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a hockey event with Hayley Wickenheiser (not pictured) and the Indian women's national ice hockey team at the Canadian High Commission of Canada in New Delhi, India on Saturday.


Sports »

Medalist in the men's parallel giant slalom (from right) South Korea's Lee Sangho (silver), Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini (gold) and Slovenia's Zan Kosir (bronze) pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Sunny Leone on her Tamil film debut: I'm beyond excited to start shooting


Former adult film actress Sunny Leone made a swift move into the Hindi film industry in 2012. And now the Indo-Canadian actress is all set to make her debut in a Tamil film. She says south Indian films would help her grow as a person and an actress. Sunny, whose ...

City »

Poet Abdul Hai Shikder along with others holds the copies of a book titled 'Aroni' written by Latiful Khabira at its cover unwrapping ceremony in the city's Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday.


Editorial »

Indian Army Chief`s allegation means complicity of government of Bangladesh


REMARKS by Indian Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat on Thursday that a 'planned influx' of people from Bangladesh into India's north-east is underway as part of a proxy war by Pakistan with support from China, so to keep the area disturbed. Moreover, he also said migration from Bangladesh are happening ...

Sports »

Bronze medalist in the women`s Big Air snowboard Synnott Zoi Sadowski of New Zealand, poses during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Thursday.


.

Entertainment »

Priyanka Chopra terminates contract with Nirav Modi, not suing him yet


Priyanka Chopra has decided to cut ties with billionaire diamond trader Nirav Modi's brand following the news about the alleged banking fraud carried out by him. "In the light of recent allegations, Priyanka Chopra has chosen to terminate her contract with the Nirav Modi brand," a spokesperson of Priyanka, who ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed speaking at a protest rally organised by Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad at the Jatiya Press Club on Friday demanding release of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.


.

International »

Ex-Trump campaign associates face more charges


AP, Washington  :Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud and significantly increases the legal jeopardy facing Paul Manafort, who managed Trump's campaign ...

Front Page »

Amnesty accuses President Trump of HR violations


Human rights group Amnesty International has accused Donald Trump of "hateful" politics and of being a threat to human rights. "President Trump takes actions that violate human rights at home and abroad," the group said. Amnesty put Mr Trump in the same group as the leaders of Egypt, Russia, China, ...

Editorial »

Serving people not making money must be the motto


PHYSICIANS must provide treatment, President Abdul Hamid said to common people at affordable cost so that no one remained deprived of receiving treatment for lack of money. He made the call while addressing the third convocation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the city on Monday. He has also ...

Sports »

Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic celebrates after she beats Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Alicia Vikander loves `big adventure films`


Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander said she loves "independent and arthouse" cinema, but is also attracted towards the big adventure films.The actress, who will be soon seen as Lara Croft in the forthcoming film 'Tomb Raider', also shared that she found training and muscle-building exercise for the role, empowering. "My mother, ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news