Update February 2, 2015

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Govt will fall by Feb 13, says pro-BNP lawyer

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Advocate Zainul Abedin

Advocate Zainul Abedin

02 February 2015, Nirapad News: Advocate Zainul Abedin has expressed the hope that the government will step down before Feb 13 in the wake of anti-government protests by the BNP-led coalition.

He was speaking at a rally on the Supreme Court premises on Sunday held by the pro-BNP lawyers’ organisation Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum that is backing the shutdown.

Abedin, also an advisor to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, however, did not say what the basis of his assumption was.

The BNP-led 20-Party Alliance has been persisting with its blockade programme from Jan 5 to press for snap polls. The party is also calling shutdowns to bolster the agitation.

The government has announced it would deal firmly with the violent general strike. The BNP chief had been confined to her Gulshan office for several days in the government’s bid to stop the violence. Several top party leaders have been arrested for their alleged links with blockade related violence. The other leaders are not appearing in public.

Former president of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association Abedin said, “This illegal government will step down before Feb 13 on people’s demand during the ongoing protest.”

Before him, Khaleda’s advisor former Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Emajuddin Ahamed, too, had said in November last year that there would be change in power by March-April this year.

“If political science has precision, if my thoughts are correct, the country’s picture will not be like this by March-April,” he said.

“People will get more involved in the protests in the intervening time,” Emajuddin had added. Ruling Awami League has so far paid no heed to the BNP’s demand of snap polls under a ‘neutral’ body. The leaders of the party have repeatedly said no election would be held before when it is due in 2019.

In the pro-BNP lawyers’ rally, its president and BNP Standing Committee Member Rafiqul Islam Mia said, “Khaleda Zia has called for the protest. It will continue until the government steps down.” He reacted over the power cut at the BNP chief’s office, where she is staying now. “The government has plotted to kill her. No High Court judge appeared to issue a rule on the matter voluntarily.

“The minister, who threatened to bar food supply to (Khaleda Zia’s) house, had threatened me in a talk show to gouge my eyes out,” Mia said.

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