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Now BNP mulls noncooperation movement

Update : 22 Dec 2013, 08:07 PM

Amid the prevailing ambience of skepticism within the party regarding the success of the ongoing movement, main opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia is likely to announce “noncooperation” programmes in her much hyped press conference tomorrow.

A senior leader of the party said Khaleda Zia’s presser was scheduled for 5:45pm at her Gulshan office tomorrow, minutes after the end of the ongoing 83-hour fifth spell of countrywide rail, road and waterway blockade programme enforced by the BNP-led opposition combine.

The leader also said the opposition chief might reply to the prime minister’s recent statements, give her views on why the dialogue initiatives failed and urge leaders and activists to build stronger resistance at the polling centers.

According to a press release signed by BNP chairperson’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan, Khaleda will present her speech before the nation regarding the prevailing political situation in the country.

About the skepticism, party insiders said it was a result of two mainly things: firstly, because most of the senior leaders had not been on the field during the five spells of blockade; and secondly, there had not been much participation from people either.

Seeking anonymity, a senior leader told the Dhaka Tribune that the Dhaka city unit of the party had been completely inactive. This, he said, had not only triggering questions about the success of the movement, but also utterly frustrated the grassroots.

Apparently frustrated with the poor performance of the Dhaka city unit, Khaleda Zia has reportedly decided to take the charge in her own hands to mobilise the mass into the movement.

Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, adviser to the BNP chairperson, said Khaleda Zia would soon take to the streets herself to gear up the movement.

However, another senior leader, seeking anonymity, said she might go to the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters to cheer up the party leaders and activists.

Diplomatic efforts

Reportedly, the BNP has also been trying to keep the foreign missions in the loop about how “controversial” the upcoming 10th parliamentary elections were.

The party is also maintaining contacts with India over the current political situation.

The European Union has already said they would not send any observer to the January 5 elections.

Senior leaders of the party have already held a series of meetings with the diplomats, portraying to them the latest political scenario and explaining their positions.

Yesterday, two BNP leaders held a meeting with some diplomats at a city hotel. BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and adviser to the BNP Chairperson Sabihuddin Ahmed were present at the meeting with UK High Commissioner Robert Gibson, Canadian High Commissioner Heather Cruden, Dutch Ambassador Gerben Sjoerd de Jong, Australian High Commissioner Greg Wilcock and South Korean Ambassador Lee Yun-young were present in the meeting.

A senior leader said the party high command considered the meetings successful.  

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