The opposition BNP is determined to hold its scheduled rally at Chittagong’s Laldighi on Friday in violation of a police ban on all rallies and meetings in the port city.
This was announced at a rally held next to the BNP’s Chittagong office on Thursday.
The BNP’s central Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman and its Chittagong city unit President Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury attended the public meeting.
The opposition-backed Bangladesh Shammilito Peshajibi Parishad organised the rally.
It had to be kept brief, as police did not allow it to be held at the city’s WASA intersection at 2:30pm.
Khasru said the Friday rally would be held at Laldighi ground, and the Awami League government would be swept away by the public rising from this rally.
“The government’s popularity has dropped. So it has become dependent on the administration. No Awami League activist will be found in the city’s ward No.42,” said Khasru, a former minister.
He said it would not be possible to prevent the AL’s fall with the help of the administration.
“The incumbent government now wants to deprive the people of their constitutional rights to bring out processions and rallies. The government does not want the rule of law.”
The BNP leaders have urged its leaders and activists to gather at the ground after Jumma prayer.
“We want to tell the police administration that should allow the rally,” said Noman.
He said the people of the country would not accept an election held under a partisan government and that an anti-government movement would not be prevented by police’s bullet and baton.
Chittagong police have banned all rallies as arch rivals the AL and the BNP have announced counter political programmes. Border Guard Bangladesh are currently patrolling the city streets.-bdnews24.com