The BNP on Sunday announced a two-day black-flag-procession programme for January 26 and 27 demanding the cancellation of the 12th parliament and protesting the growing price hikes in essential commodities.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press conference at the party's Naya Paltan central office.
He said the programme will be held on January 26 in all district headquarters and January 27 in all metropolitan cities.
This is the BNP's first street programme after the 12th parliamentary election held on January 7.
“We’ll take out processions holding black flags to protest against the unbridled increase in commodity prices, alongside our demand for the release of all political prisoners, including our leaders Begum Khaleda Zia, Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee members Mirza Abbas and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, withdrawal of all false cases and the annulment of the illegal parliament,” Rizvi said.
He slammed the Awami League government for what he said its failure to control the hike in prices of essential commodities.
“The Awami-dummy government, formed through a farce in the name of staged election of seat sharing, has defeated Bangladesh by suppressing the BNP. There is now no one to take care of people,” he said.
Stating that a famine-like situation has been prevailing in the country, the BNP leader alleged that the common people are going through serious difficulties amid the extreme rise in commodity prices due to the foul play by the Awami-business syndicate.
“People are passing their days in extreme hardship as they are struggling to manage their families. They are unable to manage their families even with loans. From green chillies to gold, the market price of everything has skyrocketed,” he observed.
Besides, Rizvi said the gas crisis has become extreme, putting people in a difficult situation and forcing the owners to shut their factories one after another. “The situation in Chattogram is even worse.”
BNP Chairperson Advisory Council member Zainul Abdin Farooque, central leaders Abdus Salam Azad, Asadul Karim Shahin, Mir Newaz Ali, Tariqul Islam Tenzin and Aminul Islam were, among others, present at the press conference.