BNP seeks govt cooperation in holding its rally in city

BNP seeks govt cooperation in holding its rally in city

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The BNP-led 18-party alliance on Wednesday sought government’s cooperation in holding its scheduled rally in the capital on Friday in a peaceful manner. “We the Dhaka city unit 18-party wants to hold the rally in front of BNP’s central office at 2pm on October 25. We hope the government will cooperate with us in staging the rally peacefully by withdrawing the ban on holding rallies and processions,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He came up with the call at a press briefing after a secretary general-level meeting of the BNP-led 18-party alliance at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office. The meeting elaborately discussed the preparation of the opposition alliance to make the rally a success. Fakhrul said they decided to hold the rally on October 25 in the city, and BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition in parliament Khaleda Zia will address it. The 18-party spokesman criticised the government for imposing the ban on rallies and public meetings in the city and said, “We think the imposition of the restriction on public rallies and processions is contrary to the Constitution and basic human rights.” Fakhrul said the government must lift the restriction to create a congenial and peaceful atmosphere for a holding -political dialogue over the polls-time government. He hoped that good sense will prevail upon the government to take positive steps towards withdrawing the ban and thus open up the path for resolving the ongoing political crisis. The BNP leader alleged that the overenthusiastic police being instigated by ministers have been on a mass arrest of opposition leaders and activists. Several hundred leaders and activists were arrested in the last few days and implicated in false cases, Fakhrul claimed. He also said the law enforcers are conducting raids on different madrasahs and harassing and arresting the students. “We want to clearly state that the government won’t be able to resist our movement for establishing people’s voting rights by resorting to repressing acts, killing and forced disappearances. The BNP leader warned that the government aggressive attitude will not help reach an understanding through a meaningful dialogue. He said the meeting condemned and protested police attack on opposition leader’s motorcade in front of BNP central office on October 21, demanded removal and punishment of the police officer responsible for the incident. The meeting extended their full support to the opposition leader’s proposal on polls-time government what she proposed in a press conference on October 21. Asked some of the advisers of 1996 and 2001 caretaker government advisers, from whom the opposition leader proposed to be picked as advisers for the polls-time government already expired, Fakhrul said, “It’s a proposal of the opposition leader. There’s no reason to criticize it. A discussion can be held based on the proposal.” – UNB

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