Tension brews over BNP’s Nov 7 rally

Tensions continue to brew as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party wants to hold a rally at ‘any venue’ in Dhaka on November 7 and the ruling Awami League has warned that no rally would be allowed to mark November 7.
BNP petitioned the Dhaka Metropolitan Police for permission to hold the rally in front of its central office at Nayapaltan to observe November 7 as Revolution and Solidarity Day as the police authority gave no permission to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, BNP senior joint secretary general Rizvi Ahmed told New Age Friday evening.
BNP sought permission to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.
AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, at a press conference at the party chief’s Dhanmondi office on November 1 said that BNP would not be allowed to hold any rally in the capital on November 7.
The AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim, also the health minister, while visiting former Dhaka Central Jail in old Dhaka on Thursday termed November 7 solders killing day.
The people will resist them who will create anarchy on the day in the name of holding programme, Nasim added.
After the AL leaders’ warning, Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Thursday said that they would not allow any political party to hold rallies at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 7 and 8.
‘We have decided not to allow any political party to hold rallies at Suhrawardy Udyan as several political parties have sought permission for their programmes at the same venue at the same time,’ deputy commissioner (media and public relations) of DMP Masudur Rahman told New Age.
BNP applied to the metropolitan police authority for permission to hold the at Suhrawardy Udyan, but the police did not give the permission.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said that the party would seek alternative venue instead of Suhrawardy Udyan for their November 7 rally.
‘We will seek permission to hold the rally at any other venue,’ Fakhrul told reporters without elaborating the fresh date and venue for the rally.
The government showed an undemocratic gesture by not allowing BNP to hold the rally at Dhaka’s Shurawardy Udyan on November 7, he said after placing wreaths on the grave of the party founder Ziaur Rahman in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Friday noon.
He went there along with the leaders of the newly formed committee of Swechhasebak Dal.

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Source: New Age