The main opposition BNP and its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami have called a daylong countrywide general strike on Sunday to protest the government move to discard the caretaker government provision for the next general elections in line with a court order.
BNP acting secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the dawn-to-dusk shutdown at a press conference at party’s Naya Paltan-based headquarters on Wednesday.
… The programme comes a day after prime minister Sheikh Hasina said there was no way to retain the caretaker government provision after the Supreme Court order. BNP has threatened not to participate in general elections if the provision was scrapped.
The party’s policymaking standing committee at a meeting on Tuesday protested the government move and threatened to wage a tough street movement to press its demand.