BNP’s jibe at Alamgir’s remark

BNP Standing Committee Member Abdul Moyeen Khan has said his party would not adhere to any conditional obligation as he rejected the Home Minister’s comment on holding rallies and meetings.

“The Home Minister yesterday (Sunday) said that no meeting or rally would be permitted for one month. Soon after, he clarified his statement. But it’s still not clear whether the government would allow political participation of oppositions or it would revert to one-party ‘BAKSAL’ rule,” he said on Monday.

Inaugurating Jurarganj Police Station in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong on Sunday, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir had told reporters: “Those who allow intrusion of miscreants in their rally after taking permission to hold it peacefully, repress the people, vandalise vehicles and set fire to shops in the name of demonstration will not be permitted to hold rally for one month.”

Hours after the comment, the Ministry of Home Affairs in a clarification said there was no restriction on holding “usual rallies and meetings” in the country.

The ministry said, “The Home Minister, in his speech, said the government for the sake of maintaining law and order won’t allow any political party to hold any political programme in the aftermath of the cyclone that may cause acts of sabotage and damage to public life and property.”

Reacting to the conflicting statements, Moyeen Khan said: “We want to make it clear that the BNP would not allow politics of undertakings and recognisances. There is no provision in the constitution of a democratic country for taking prior permission for a political party to hold a meeting or a rally. It is the democratic rights. We believe in peaceful politics.”

The BNP leader was speaking after a special prayer held at the party’s Naya Paltan central office seeking early recovery of its Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, now undergoing treatment at the National University Hospital in Singapore.

Fakhrul flew to Singapore on May 14 for better treatment.

Source: Bd news24


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