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Fakhrul: BNP to unveil next course of action in Saturday’s rally

  • Published at 06:16 pm September 26th, 2018
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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Focus Bangla

Fakhrul was speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office after a joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies

BNP will unveil its future course of action and strategy at its planned Suhrawardy Udyan public rally.

The rally will be held on Saturday.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said:  "We will deliver our statements on our party's future policy at the rally. Our party's future strategy and programs will be declared there.”

Fakhrul was speaking at a press conference at BNP's Naya Paltan central office after a joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies, reported UNB.

Fakhrul said they shifted the rally from Thursday to Saturday as the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities asked them to hold it on the weekend.

He said: “The Awami League-led 14-Party Grand Alliance has a meeting at Mohanagar Natya Mancha on the same day, that is why police are speaking in a different tone.

"Their venue is far away from ours. So, we don’t understand the problem with executing our program the same day."

The BNP leader also alleged the ruling party leaders are issuing various threats to their party leaders and activists to resist them from joining the rally.

"Mohammad Nasim, the 14-party coordinator, at a meeting urged their party men to resist BNP leaders and activists so they can't come to the rally. Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Awami League leader, directed their men to break the hands and legs of our activists... this is their democratic language," Fakhrul further said.

The BNP leader said people would now see again who starts political violence and give provocative remarks for it, following such remarks from the ruling party leaders. 

"No one should forget that Awami League killed 27 youths with oars and sticks on October 28, 2006, on the streets," he said.

Asked whether their party will hold the rally on Saturday under the current circumstances, Fakhrul said they already held a joint meeting of their party and its associates for making Saturday’s rally a success.

On Monday, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference said they sought permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their party's Naya Paltan office on Thursday. But later the timing was rescheduled to Saturday.

Meanwhile, a BNP delegation, led by the party’s Publicity Affairs Secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Anee, met DMP authorities around 1pm to know about the permission for their rally.

Anee said: “The DMP authorities advised them to hold their program at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Saturday instead of Suhrawardy Udyan to avoid any possible confrontation.”

He said they gave the DMP authorities an alternative proposal to hold their rally on Sunday if they are given permission. "The authorities said they will inform their decision on it later," Anee added.