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AL, BNP call rally same day in city

Tension in political circles

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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.

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