Opposition plans non-cooperation movement


BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia may announce tomorrow a fresh set of programmes including “non-cooperation” with the government till the January 5 general election.
Addressing a press conference at her Gulshan office at 5:45pm, Khaleda will urge people regardless of their professions and classes to resist Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s move to hold a “one-sided and farcical election”, party insiders said.
The BNP chief will place the 18-party opposition alliance’s latest stance and guidelines regarding the much-talked-about polls.
Meanwhile, BNP spokesperson Nazrul Islam Khan yesterday said an amicable solution to the present political crisis was still possible through dialogue over holding a free, fair and participatory election if the government was sincere about it.

At a press conference at the Gulshan office, he also said the BNP chairperson will inform people about the rationale for the opposition’s tougher programmes, its decision to boycott the January 5 election, the government’s insincerity in the talks held earlier and why those had failed.
Replying to queries, Nazrul, also BNP standing committee member, said the party chief at her press conference might respond to the prime minister’s allegations that include killing people in the name of movement, Khaleda’s absence from the streets during the opposition agitation, her silence over Jamaat leader Quader Mollah’s execution and Pakistan parliament’s resolution on this.
Khaleda is meeting the press in the wake of the opposition’s 20-day countrywide blockade in five spells with the last one ending at 5:00pm tomorrow.
Earlier on October 21, she placed a proposal for a polls-time government comprised of advisers from the 1996 and 2001 caretaker governments. The proposal was rejected by the ruling Awami League.