The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has presented a ten-point demand at the divisional mass protest in Dhaka’s Golapbagh.
Chief guest at the rally Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, a member of the party’s standing committee, made the. The party declared that it would launch a parallel, anti-government movement on December 24 with a 10-point demand. The 10 points by BNP are-
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- The existing unlawful and unelected administration must resign and dissolve the parliament.
- The establishment of a neutral caretaker government/interim caretaker goverment in accordance with sections Kha, Ga, and Gha of article 58 of the 1996 constitution.
- The caretaker administration must establish a neutral Election Commission to provide a level playing field for all parties; the use of EVMs and party symbols in local government elections will be abolished.
- Any convictions of opposition leaders and activists, including Khaleda Zia, as well as those of journalists and religious scholars, must be annulled, and all “false cases” brought against them must be dismissed. There won’t be any restrictions on holding rallies, and no legal action can be taken to silence the opposition’s voice.
- All black laws must be scrapped, including the Special Powers Act of 1974, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009, and the Digital Security Act of 2018.
- Anti-people government decisions, such as rising prices of electricity, fuel, fertiliser and water should be abolished. Prices for necessities should be kept within people’s purchasing power.
- The market for vital goods must be de-syndicated. In light of inflation, it is necessary to stop child labor, guarantee reasonable prices for agricultural products, and assure fair wages for working people.
- A commission must be established to investigate the corruption in the banking, energy, and stock market sectors.
- All victims of enforced disappearances during the past 15 years must be rescued, and those responsible for extrajudicial executions must be identified and prosecuted. Criminals who attack the houses and places of worship of minorities should be brought to justice.
- Actions should be taken to ensure that the judicial system, administration, and law enforcement operate freely and without interference from the government.
BNP’s 10-point demand came after days of political violence from its supporters with the law enforcement forces.