The BNP sees “an ominous sign” in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark that the BNP’s post-Eid agitation threat would be fought back on the streets.
BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the government’s efforts to thwart the 20-Party Alliance’s agitations would not succeed.
The BNP and its allies, who boycotted the Jan 5 national polls, plan to resume their agitation after the Eid to press for an early re-election supervised by a neutral caretaker government.
However, Sheikh Hasina has rejected the demand outright and said her party, the Awami League, was ready to take on the BNP.
Rizvi claimed in his press meet on Monday that Hasina’s remark indicated that she “does not have to answer to the people” and that hinted at a “bloody confrontation”.
Hasina has also dismissed possibilities of a dialogue with the BNP over the nature of the next elections, saying it will be held in conformity with the Constitution.
BNP leader Rizvi said their post-Eid agitation was aimed at “restoring democracy”.