BNP's Conditions to Call off Hartal
Thursday, 03 February 2011

BNP has said it may call off its Monday's hartal if all of its demands, including cancellation of the airport project in Munshiganj, are met.

Party secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain on Thursday also said the government would be responsible for any consequences if the daylong shutdown was obstructed.

The BNP second-in-command was speaking to reporters at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar after laying wreaths on the grave of Ziaur Rahman, the party's founding president, with newly elected MP Sheikh Sujat Miah.

Delwar said the party had called the general strike not only to demand a halt in the airport activities, but also to try those responsible for the stocks crash, withdraw politically motivated cases against opposition leaders, stabilise the prices of essentials, and ensure law and order.

BNP called the general strike from a protest rally at Muktangon on Wednesday.

About the airport project, he said: "There was no feasibility study before choosing the site for it."

He claimed that the local people had been harassed to acquire lands for the mega project.

Ruling Awami League's Munshiganj unit president filed the case against Khaleda Zia on Tuesday for allegedly instigating violence.

Thousands of locals clashed with police on Jan 31 over the proposed Bangabandhu International Airport on thousands of acres of Arial Beel, south of Dhaka that left one sub-inspector dead.

Claiming that the prime minister lied about rice prices in her parliament speech on Wednesday, the former chief whip said: "She lied, she distorted the history. At an election campaign in 2008, Sheikh Hasina had said she'd provide rice at Tk 10 a kg."

Hasina in her speech alleged that BNP was lying. "I had said that in 1996 at an election campaign."

Senior leaders of the BNP and other associate wings were also present at the time.


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