The BNP-led ruling alliance on Thursday blamed the Awami League for foiling the Saarc Summit and has decided to take to the streets to face the opposition agitation. It castigated the opposition for calling frequent hartals and 'damaging the image' of the country. To face the situation, the BNP will hold rallies across the country on February 7. Then they will jointly hold grand public meetings in different parts of the country, meeting sources said. The coalition also decided that its component parties -- BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) and Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) -- will announce and observe their political programmes separately.
Chaired by BNP chief and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the meeting deeply regretted the postponement of the Saarc summit, and blamed the main opposition Awami League (AL) for launching a campaign against holding of the summit in Bangladesh and calling hartal coinciding with it. Most of the alliance leaders attending the meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office accused the AL of persuading the Indian leadership into not attending the Saarc summit in Dhaka.
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