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Bangladesh opposition calls for 72-hour nationwide blockade

Bangladesh`s main opposition BNP on Monday announced a 72-hour nationwide blockade from Tuesday, demanding cancellation of the January 5 general elections.



Dhaka: Bangladesh`s main opposition BNP on Monday announced a 72-hour nationwide blockade from Tuesday, demanding cancellation of the January 5 general elections.

Nazrul Islam Khan, a standing committee member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), announced the blockade at a press conference at party chairperson Khaleda Zia`s office.

The 72-hour countrywide blockade that the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance has jointly called will begin from 6:00 am tomorrow.

The opposition are demanding the cancellation of the schedule of the parliamentary polls on Januray 5 and holding elections under a non-party government, the Daily Star reported.

The opposition alliance has been demanding the formation of a non-party caretaker set-up for elections oversight.

But the Awami League recently formed a multi-party interim government to conduct the polls, which was rejected by the BNP saying polls under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s leadership will not be free and fair.

During the last 20 days, the opposition has enforced blockade for 13 days from November 27 to December 16.

They observed a 2-day rail, road and waterway blockade from November 27, five days from December 1 and six days from December 7.

From Zee News

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