BNP to seek permission for using an alternative venue to hold Dhaka rally
4 November 2016, Nirapad News: BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said the party will seek permission for using an alternative venue to hold its planned rally in the city marking November 7 as police denied them permission to stage it at Suhrawardy Udyan.
“This regime always resorts to various excuses to foil our democratic programmes. We’ll surely seek permission for an alternative venue, and we hope we’ll be given the permission,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave with members of the newly formed committee of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal.
On Thursday night, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said they will not allow any political party to hold any rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 7 or 8 on public security ground.
Earlier, BNP sought permission for holding a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 7 to mark what it says the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day. But Awami League leaders threatened to resist it saying November 7 is a day of killing freedom fighters and army officers.
In response, BNP said they will hold the rally by any means asking the ruling party leaders to resist it if they can. Backing off its rigid stance on the rally, BNP on Thursday said it has sought permission for staging the programme on November 8.
Fakhrul, however, did not make it clear which venue they want to use and on which day for their rally.
Party insiders said BNP will seek permission to hold the rally in front of its Nayapaltan central office on November 8.
Fakhrul said November 7 is not only important for BNP, but also for the entire nation as the patriotic people and soldiers on that day in 1975 got united and protected the country’s independence for the second time.
He said though November 7 was used to be observed officially, the current government cancelled it and has been creating obstacles to marking the day as it has no respect for democracy. “This regime doesn’t believe in democracy and alternative views. Their move to thwart our programmes demonstrates they’re groining to restore their one-party rule.”
About attacks on Hindu community members at Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar, Fakhrul said a vested quarter is carrying out such attacks in a planned way to harm the country’s religious harmony. “A vested quarter is trying to create problems in Bangladesh to divert people’s focus to a different direction from their main demand for restoration of democracy.”
He alleged that the local administration at Nasirnagar has failed to play their due role in preventing the attacks.
The BNP secretary general said such incidents are taking place repeatedly as there is no democracy and a pro-people government in the county.
He also said the law and order situation is deteriorating alarmingly as law enforcers are being used by the government for its political gain.