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Home Minister: Awami League, BNP must meet DMP’s conditions to hold rallies

  • BNP wants Nayapaltan venue
  • Awami League wants Baitul Mukarram venue
  • Kamal warns stern action if violence occurs
Update : 27 Jul 2023, 03:56 PM

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Thursday said that both the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) must comply with Dhaka Metropolitan's (DMP) conditions to hold public rallies.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Secretariat, the home minister said that politicians and political parties are free to carry out their agendas. 

However, he urged them to maintain law and order, respect national laws, and not cause public suffering.

"No political parties should be involved in any form of destructive activity. If they violate this and cause public suffering, damage to property, stand against the people, or disrupt peace and order, our security forces will fulfil their assigned responsibilities," he warned. 

"We urge the two major parties to avoid street politics. We will request them not to resort to violence," Kamal added. 

"As to who will hold rallies where, we still do not know. We had suggested they hold it on the field. If there are any inconveniences, we will consider later," the home minister said in response to a question.

As the BNP announced to hold their planned mass rally in front of their party office in Nayapaltan on Friday, and Awami League associate bodies - Chhatra League, Jubo League and Swechchasebak League - announced plans to organize a rally at the southern gate of Baitul Mukarram, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said: “If they (hold rallies), we will set conditions for both parties; outlining what they can and cannot do."

“So far, we have not given anyone permission. All this is under the control of the police commissioner. They will sit down and decide what to do," added the home minister.

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