20-Party welcomes Ban’s letter: ‘Harsh action if demand not met’

The BNP-led 20-party alliance Thursday welcomed the letters of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to top leaders of two major parties urging them to sit for a dialogue to overcome the political impasse.

“We welcome initiatives taken by all sides including the United nations in a bid to hold a fresh election under a non-partisan government,” said joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed.In a press statement, he accused the ruling Awami League of trying take permanent lease of lands of the independent Bangladesh after coming to power by holding a farcical election.

“It was the Awami League’s manifesto of committing constitutional coup as hammer for establishing autocratic and one-party government,” he said.

The BNP spokesperson said it would not be possible to throttle the upsurge of the people by running a stream roller of vengeance.

He said the conscious people are concerned that extremism and undemocratic forces may emerge if all the democratic ways are blocked.

“Thus, we are reiterating our call upon the ruling quarter to come out of the rule of vengeance by returning to democratic culture,” he said.

Salahuddin condemned the killing of BNP activists including Abu Sayed and Bazlur Rahman, at Monirupur in Jessore on Tuesday night in “crossfire” and countrywide killing, filing of “false cases” and arrests and warned the responsible persons would be tried in the trial court of crime against humanity.

He said the ongoing “peaceful blockade” programme will continue protesting killing of opposition leaders and activists in the name of cross fire and demanding the release of all political prisoners.

“We will be forced again to announce tougher action including hartal if the government does not accept the people’s demand. – Staff Reporter