The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations, scheduled for Sunday, will be held on Thursday (May 30) due to the countrywide daylong hartal called by BNP-led 18-party alliance.
Chairman of the Dhaka Board and inter-education board coordination sub-committee Chairman Taslima Begum came up with the announcement on Saturday morning.
BNP-led 18-party alliance has called a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Sunday demanding the unconditional release of its leaders and activists and protesting the government’s decision of imposing a ban on meetings and rallies.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan office Friday afternoon.
Earlier on May 19, home minister MK Alamgir at a programme in Chittagong said the government would not allow any political parties to hold rallies or demonstrations for the next month to avoid further situations.
Meanwhile, party general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on the same day spoke in favour of banning political activities, saying: “At this time of natural calamities, we should ensure that everything operates normally and the affected people can be properly helped. The ban is not only for the opposition, but also for us.”
Leaders close to Syed Ashraf told Dhaka Tribune that before making the remarks, he did not know about the home minister’s comment on the ban on political activities. Syed Ashraf, also the LGRD minister, made the comments responding to reporters’ questions and reaffirmed that his comment was not the government’s decision.
However later on the day, an additional secretary to the home ministry, Kamal Uddin Ahmed told reporters that his minister’s comment was a “political announcement.”
The ministry would not issue any order in this regard, he said.
On the other hand on March 11, police picked up 157 leaders and activists of BNP raiding the party’s Nayapaltan office. Later, police released three top leaders, including the party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and sent 153 leaders and activists to jail.
Of them, 151 were placed on remand in different terms.