BNP unhappy at last minute permit, defers rally to Nov 13

BNP unhappy at last minute permit, defers rally to Nov 13

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BNP has again rescheduled its Tuesday’s rally for November 13, marking its ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’.“The government has violated the constitution by denying us permission for holding our scheduled rally. We again call upon the government to allow us to arrange the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 13. We’ll send an application today (Tuesday) in this regard,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.As the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) denied BNP permission to hold the rally at Nayapaltan, he came up with announcement at a press briefing at the party’s central office on Tuesday noon.Fakhrul said they have repeatedly been rescheduling their rally and seeking fresh permission for the programme as they believe in democracy and the rule of law.

“Don’t violate the constitution, and allow us to hold our rally and our exercise our constitutional right.”Earlier, BNP had sought permission for holding a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan either on November 7 or 8, but police did not allow it to arrange it there, saying other parties also applied for using the venue at the same time.Later, the party sought permission for holding the rally in front of its Nayapaltan central office today (Tuesday).Huge law enforcers remained deployed in front of the BNP’s central office since morning over the BNP’s programme.Fakhrul said it seems Nayapaltan area has tuned into a battlefield the way the government has deployed law enforcers there centering BNP’s programme.He hoped that good sense will prevail upon the government to allow their party to stage the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 13.Asked why BNP is repeatedly rescheduling its rally, Fakhrul said they will continue to change their schedule for a specific time if they are denied. “We’ll announce our action programmes, if finally we’re not permitted.”He urged the government to allow people to exercise their democratic and other rights. “Restore democracy and people’s right of expression. Or else, no one can say in advance what will happen if people lose their patience.”Opposing DSCC’s decision denying their party to hold the rally at Nayapaltan on the roads, Fakhrul said where the political parties will go to drum up public support as the government has restricted the places like Paltan ground and Muktangan to holding public rallies.
source:UNB

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