BNP extended Blockade till 6am Friday Dec 13

The 18-party led by BNP, has extended its countrywide blockade till 6am Friday morning of December 13. The opposition alliance demands for rescheduling of the parliamentary election 2014, installation of a non-party polls-time government and release of top leaders.

BNP spokesman Salauhuddin Ahmed announced the decision through a video message, which turned the ongoing 72-hour blockade into a 144-hour duration, covered all working days of this week.

All kinds of business sector are suffering huge lose due to continuous blockades since last week of November, while education, tourism, sports and other sectors face major difficulties to progress ahead.

With the election less than a month away, Jatiya Party, a key ally of the ruling Awami League until recently, announced of boycotting the polls saying that it would not be acceptable if all parties do not join.

All six JP ministers and an adviser to the PM have offered to resign to the party chairperson, HM Ershad, and their letters were sent to the premier by post.

Ershad, last Wednesday, also instructed his party’s aspirant lawmakers to withdraw their nomination for the 10th parliamentary election.

Analysts believe the polls will be hardly be credible with main opposition BNP and its allies keeping off the polls and JP’s recent decision to break away from the polls-time government.

The JP, meantime, demanded that the Election Commission to announce fresh schedule for the next general election so that all political parties participate in the polls.

Visiting UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco Saturday met the PM and sought to know from Hasina if there was any scope for deferring the polls date. To this, Hasina said the Election Commission could decide on that.

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