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20-party alliance threatens more shutdowns

The BNP-led 20-party alliance today threatened to enforce hartal again from Sunday if the government does not meet its demand for a fresh inclusive general election, reports agency. BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed issued the threat in a press statement this afternoon. “People hope that good sense will prevail upon the government and it will step down to restore peace in the country,” he added.  “If the government denies our demand for a fresh national election, we will be compelled to enforce tougher programmes including shutdowns from March 1.”

Salauddin in the statement announced that the nonstop blockade sponsored by the opposition alliance will continue “in a peaceful manner”. Meanwhile, BNP leaders Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Osman Farroque in a joint statement today warned the government of dire consequences if BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is arrested.

Khoka, a vice-chairman of the party, and Farroque, an adviser to the BNP chief, issued the statement from USA.

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