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Agitation Soon After Energy Price Hike

By On December 15, 2014 3:47 pm

The Daily Star

By Rashidul Hasan

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday questioned why it would be an offence if people possess illegal arms as the ruling Awami League men “already have such firearms”.

“Armed Awami League activists have been walking around in public. The government itself has supplied those illegal arms to its men who are involved in killings and extortion. Now, if people also take up arms, why should they be barred as both sides would be in possession of illegal arms?”

She was addressing a mammoth public rally at Kanchpur Balur Math in Narayanganj. The BNP-led 20-party alliance hosted the rally as part of its ongoing campaign to drum up public support for holding a fresh election under a non-party administration.

“Stop right away supplying illegal arms to your [Hasina] men. Recover all illegal arms. Otherwise, the consequences would be very dangerous,” warned the BNP chief.

She did not mention any timeframe for starting an anti-government movement. Khaleda, however, said they will enforce tougher agitations immediately after any probable announcement of energy price hike.

The 20-party chief called upon people to take to the streets with whatever they can grab when she would soon announce a movement to force the government to hold a fresh election.

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