Leaders of Sylhet metropolis and district BNP unit has accused the local authorities of obstructing preparations for the party chief’s scheduled visit to Sylhet on Monday.
During a press conference at a hotel in the city on Sunday, they summarily said the authorities have banned them from using microphones to promote the chairperson’s arrival and related events.
Police have also allegedly “wreaked havoc” in the name of security searches to obstruct preparations for the visit, BNP leaders alleged.
“People in Sylhet were traumatized by excessive sounds made by Awami League and its associate organization during prime minister’s recent campaign rally [on January 30]. BNP, however, is being deprived the opportunity to announce the events schedules,” the city’s mayor Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury said.
“We had been expecting neutrality from the authorities. We want their cooperation so that we can maintain a peaceful environment during our leader’s [Khaleda Zia] visit.”
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Leaders of BNP's Sylhet metropolis and district units hold a press cionference at a hotel in the city to brief reporters about the party chief's Monday trip to the city Dhaka Tribune
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Party sources said the chairperson will reach Sylhet around 3pm. She is scheduled to visit shrines, spend the night at the circuit house, and return to Dhaka the next day.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Khandaker Abdul Muktadir, Dildar Hossain Selim, and former lawmaker Shafi Ahmed Chowdhury, among others were present at the press conference.
The BNP has publicized the event by distributing leaflets in the city. The leaflet distribution started in the city’s Kudrat Ullah market. Mayor Ariful Huq and other associates were present at that time.
It is noteworthy that Khaleda Zia is visiting Sylhet after the PM’s visit on January 30 and Hussain Muhammad Ershad’s visit on February 1.