The Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine announced its fresh programme to drum up support for strengthening their demand for reforms in the caretaker government (CG) system and the Election Commission (EC), report agencies.
Coordinator of the opposition combine and AL general secretary Abdul Jalil, MP announced the new spell of programme at a press briefing emerging from an emergency meeting at his NAM Flat residence in the city Wednesday afternoon.
The fresh programme includes eight-day road march (Padajatra) that will begin from Bogra today (Thursday) and continue until August 31 in phases. The road march will cover the districts of Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal and Rangpur.
Besides, on August 12 the opposition combine will also hold countrywide demonstration and rally, what they said, to protest the Israeli aggression in Lebanon and demand immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from the territory of Lebanon.
The meeting, chaired by AL Presidium member Amir Hossain Amu, took the decision to organise demonstration during the road march protesting the price hike of essentials, crises of diesel, fertiliser and electricity, and demanding electoral reforms in the CG system and the EC.
Leaders of the opposition combine will address the road march programme in different parts of the country to point out what Jalil said, the failures of the government as well as to drum up support in favour of their demands to strengthen the anti-government movement.
The meeting discussed the country's latest political situation and said the opposition would not take part in any 'conspiratorial election' without electoral reforms.
Besides, Jalil alleged that a vested quarter was hatching conspiracy to mislead the people about the opposition's movement and asked them to refrain from politics of conspiracy.
About the national election, he warned that there would be no election in Bangladesh until their proposals for electoral reforms were implemented.
"The BNP-Jamaat alliance government wants to hold an election under a blueprint, but people won't allow them to do that," he said.
Renewing their demand for the reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC), Jalil said updating of the voters' list under this EC would not be acceptable.
He called for removing the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and his two colleagues to ensure free and fair polls in the country.
Opposition combine leaders Abdur Razzak MP, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta MP, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP, Rashed Khan Menon, Motia Chowdhury, Hasanul Haq Inu, Obaidul Quader, Dilip Barua, Moinuddin Khan Badal, Bimol Biswas, Nurul Islam, Haji Samad and Nurul Islam, among others, were present at the meeting.