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BNP calls strike, urges cancellation of elections

Dhaka, Dec. 16 (PTI): The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) today announced a 72-hour blockade from tomorrow, demanding the cancellation of the January 5 general elections.

Nazrul Islam Khan, a BNP standing committee member, announced the blockade at a news conference which was held at party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s office.

The 72-hour strike will begin from 6am tomorrow.

According to the Daily Star, the Bangladesh Opposition are demanding the cancellation of the the parliamentary polls on January 5.

They have also called for the formation of a non-party caretaker set-up to oversee the elections.

However, the Awami League recently formed a multi-party interim government to conduct the polls, which was rejected by the BNP. They said any polls under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed’s leadership will not be free and fair.

During the last 20 days, the Opposition has enforced blockades for 13 days from November 27 to December 16. They observed a two-day rail, road and waterway blockade from November 27, five days from December 1 and six days from December 7.

Five more persons were killed today in continuing violence triggered by the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah, even as the country commemorated its victory in the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

 
 
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