The fourth day of another 120-hour spell of nationwide hartal, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance to push for its various demands, including a fresh national election under a non-party administration, alongside its ongoing countrywide indefinite transport blockade, is underway peacefully today (Wednesday).
While its 72-hour nationwide hartal was scheduled to end at 6.00am Wednesday, the alliance on Monday relaxed its ongoing hartal for 12 hours from 6am to 6pm on Tuesday for the celebrations of the Bangladesh cricket team’s quarterfinal berth in the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time.
Besides, the 20-party once again extended its ongoing nationwide hartal by 48 hours till 6am Friday.
The 20-party’s hartal programme again started from 6:00pm Tuesday to end 6:00am Friday alongside the blockade.
The BNP alliance made the announcements through a press release signed by BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan.
The alliance for the sixth time extended its 72-hour hartal to 120 hours.
The Tigers reached the quarterfinal beating England by 15 runs in their 5th Pool-A match at Adelaide Oval in Australia on Monday.
On Saturday, BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, on behalf of the alliance, announced the 72-hour shutdown programme until Wednesday 6:00 pm.
The alliance had already enforced five consecutive spells of hartal on working days — from 6m Sunday to 6m Friday– since February 1 killing nearly one hundred people and disrupting the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia enforced the blockade for an indefinite period on January 5 after having failed to come out of her Gulshan office to join a planned rally of the 20-party alliance in the city to mark ‘Democracy Killing Day’.
Source: BD Chronicle