Khaleda rejects dialogue offer, asks govt to quit

Turning down the government offer to sit for dialogue, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday threatened to enforce tougher programmes like hartal, blockade and siege to force the government to quit.

“Talking to them is useless… it’s necessary to oust this killer government …this regime must go as people have no confidence on it. They’re killing people indiscriminately by police. We’ll have to wage a united movement to this end,” she said.

Khaleda was addressing a rally at Charigram Shahdat Ali Khan Government High School at Singair upazila organised by the upazila unit of BNP.

Khaleda further said, “There may be more loss of lives. We might face more losses, but we’ll have to take to the streets to save the country and its people.”

On her arrival at Singair around 3:30 pm from Dhaka, Khaleda went straight to the house of slain Maulana Nasiruddin and talked to his family members and consoled them.

Four people were killed and many others injured in a fierce clash between police and villagers at Gobindhal during the countrywide daylong hartal enforced by 12 Islamic and like-minded parties on February 24.

Accusing the government of committing ‘mass killing’, including the Singair one, Khaleda Zia said a tribunal will be set up in the future to try the perpetrators. “The number one person who will be put on trial is the Prime Minister.”

Khaelda warned that they will announce a series of hartal, blockade and siege programmes if the government does not quit.

Earlier at a press conference, Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said the government is ready to sit for talks if the Leader of the Opposition agrees to take part in it. UNB

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