In a crucial meeting of party policymakers, the main opposition BNP last night decided not to join dialogue with the election commission (EC) on June 13. Sources said the party will inform the EC of their decision through a letter.
The party high command also decided to declare an agitation programme against the government move to bring amendments to the country’s constitution.
The formal announcement regarding hartal may come on Friday, said party insiders after the closed-door standing committee meeting at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.
… Sources said a few members of the standing committee requested the chairperson to take time before announcing hartal as the party has just observed a hartal on June 5. However, a few others demanded hartal as soon as possible.
“She [Khaleda Zia] looked very adamant regarding a tougher movement against the government,” said a member of the standing committee.
The EC had earlier invited BNP for a dialogue on key issues like RPO, laws on demarcation of constituencies, appointment of election commissioners and use of electronic voting machine (EVM).
BNP has already rejected the idea of using EVM in the next parliamentary elections.
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