Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | ePaper

AL, BNP call rally same day in city

Tension in political circles

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
A tension has been created as the ruling Awami League led 14-party alliance and the BNP have announced rallies the same day in the capital on Saturday.
The BNP on Tuesday shifted its rally to Saturday from Thursday, as Dhaka Metropolitan Police did not give them permission since Thursday is a working day. The party will hold its public meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan.
On the other hand, the AL on Tuesday announced that it would stage a rally the same day (Saturday) in Kazi Bashir Auditorium (Mahanagar Natya Mancha) at Gulistan in the city.
Political analysts have expressed their anxiety over the two major parties public meetings the same day in the capital city.
They feared that if the two parties' leaders and activists tried to join their programmes with processions through using the same streets at the same time, it might turn any violence.
The political analysts, however, expressed the hope that the two parties will shun the path of violence to keep peace in the city.
"The political field in Dhaka will be in our control. The 14-party alliance will hold the rally in the Mahanagar Natya Mancha on Saturday. We want to see who will be there and who will not," said Mohammad Nasim, Minister for Health and AL Presidium Member.     Nasim, also coordinator of the alliance, said this after a preparation meeting of the alliance at AL central office in the city's Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday.
"The alliance leaders should form committees to maintain unity in every area of the city to resist anti-people forces like the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami men. Every area of the capital will be under our control. Not only Dhaka, the whole country will remain under control of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," the Minister said.
"They (BNP) are provoking the Army by expressing repeated demands to deploy Army across the country during the 11th general election. We want to say that the police and other law enforcers are able to control the city in every situation," the Minister said.
BNP Senior Joint-Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press briefing at the party's Nayapaltan central office in the city said, "Our party announced that the rally would be held on Saturday instead of the Thursday, as the DMP did not give us permission. The party's public meeting will be held at Suhrawardy Udyan around 2:00 pm."
The BNP leader said, they would place its demands in the public meeting for organising the next general election in a free, fair and neutral manner. On Monday, BNP announced for holding the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan or Nayapaltan in front of the party's central office on September 27.
The BNP had given letters to the police administration expressing its desire to hold the public meeting either at Suhrawardy Udyan or Nayapaltan.
When contacted, Brigadier General (rtd) M Sakhawat Hossain told The New Nation, "It is high time to show example of tolerance for the political parties as the next general election is very close to us. I hope the major parties like AL and the BNP will keep peace and not engaged in violence as the two party called their rally the same day in the capital."
He said, the voters are watching the activities of all political parties. They should keep it in mind, he added.

More News For this Category

 Amend 9 sections of Digital Security Act

Amend 9 sections of Digital Security Act

Staff Reporter :Editors' Council on Monday demanded amendments to nine sections of the newly enacted Digital Security Act, which the council feared to be misused to gag the media.The council

Mahbub walks out of EC meet again on protest

Mahbub walks out of EC meet again on protest

Staff Reporter :Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder has, once again, walked out of an Election Commission (EC) meeting after submitting a 'note of dissent'.While walking out of the meeting 10 minutes

Complaint filed against Zafrullah over remarks on Army Chief

An army officer has filed a general diary against Zafrullah Chowdhury, the leader of a professional group supporting the BNP, over 'false, targeted and treasonous' remarks he made about the

Cabinet gives go-ahead to draft Broadcast Bill

The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018 with a provision to form a seven-member Broadcast Commission to provide licences to broadcast media, including online ones,

20-party welcomes Jatiya Oikya Front: BNP

Leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance on Monday welcomed the new opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front.BNP standing committee member and 20-party coordinator Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the remark

 Underemployment main challenge

Underemployment main challenge

Special Correspondent :Underemployment has become the main challenge amid growing labour force of the country, former Advisor to Caretaker Government Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman has said.He said the issue of

8 including college teacher killed in road crashes

Staff Reporter :At least eight persons were killed and several others injured in separate road crashes across the country on Sunday night and Monday.In Dhaka, three people, including two friends,

Jatiya Oikya Front formed with FFs to defeat evil forces: BNP

BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday said Jatiya Oikya Front was formed with the leaders who had contributions to the Liberation War to defeat the evil forces."Bangladesh's

A hand washing festival was inaugurated by Local Govt and Cooperative Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium marking the Hand Washing Day on Monday.

A hand washing festival was inaugurated by Local Govt and Cooperative Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium marking the Hand Washing Day on Monday.

AL happy at B Chy's exclusion, but keeps eye on Oikyo Front

Staff Reporter :The ruling Awami League is confident of victory in the next general elections, Eventually happy at the former President Badruddoza Chowdhury's exclusion from the new opposition coalition named