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BNP unlikely to hold any rally on ‘Democracy Killing Day’

  • Published at 11:08 pm January 4th, 2018
BNP unlikely to hold any rally on ‘Democracy Killing Day’
As Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was denied permission to hold its scheduled rally, the party is unlikely to arrange any program in the capital on Friday to mark “Democracy Killing Day” to avoid confrontations. However, the party's metropolitan, district and upazila units will observe the day by bringing out black flag processions. A number of BNP senior leaders said they are not going to hold any indoor or outdoor programs in the capital as they do not want to involve in any confrontation now over political programs. They said their party's decision about the program will be formally announced at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office at 11am on Friday. Earlier in the day, BNP chairperson's advisers Abdus Salam, Abul Khair Bhuiyan and party publicity affairs secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Annie had a meeting with the DMP Commissioner. The DMP authorities urged the BNP delegation to arrange an indoor program on Friday instead of going for outdoor one. On Monday, BNP announced to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city and bring out black flag processions across the country on January 5 to observe the day as “Democracy Killing Day” to register its protest against 10th parliamentary polls held on that day in 2014.
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However, the party sought a fresh permission from the police and South City Corporation authorities on Wednesday for holding the program at Nayapaltan as an Islamic party was allowed to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan the same day. Awami League is going to mark the day as “Victory Day for Democracy” holding two separate rallies at Banani field and Bangabandhu Avenue in the city. Speaking at a program at the Jatiya Press Club in the evening, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir criticized the government for denying their party the permission to arrange the rally while the ruling party is given permission to hold two rallies in the capital. He said the government once again exposed its “dual policy” over the permission to hold rallies in the city. “Tomorrow [Friday] is the Democracy Killing Day. Democracy was annihilated on January 5, 2014 by holding a lopsided election to restore one-party rule,” the BNP leader told at the program arranged by pro-BNP Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad.
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Describing January 5 as a black chapter in the nation's history, he also said the country's election system has been destroyed through the 10th parliamentary “voter-less” elections. Fakhrul said they will announce their next course of action after discussions with the senior leaders. Contacted, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said they will wait until 11am for the permission to hold a rally at Nayapaltan. "We will announce our party's next course of action through a press conference at 11am, if we are not given permission by the time to hold the program," he added. A BNP standing committee member, wishing anonymity, said the government made a mistake in the year of the national election by denying their party permission to hold the rally. "We do not want to make a mistake by indulging in a fight with police and ruling party men over the program. Instead, we will present the government's undemocratic attitude before people and the foreign friends to justify our demand for holding the next polls under a neutral government," he added.