BNP threatens movement if ban on rallies not lifted

BNP threatens movement if ban on rallies not lifted


BNP, the main opposition party, has threatened to launch a tough movement if the ban imposed from Thursday on meetings, rallies and processions in Chittagong city is not lifted.

Police have imposed the ban as the city units of the BNP and the ruling Awami League, arch rivals in politics, announced simultaneous programmes at the city’s Laldighi ground for Thursday.
CMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam told that the ban would be in force until further notice.
Noman said in a statement on Wednesday evening, “Holding meetings and rallies are part of democratic rights. We have been robbed of that right by this ban.”

“The Awami League is now trying to create political heat as they have failed to face us politically,” he claimed.
He appealed to the police to let them hold their scheduled rally at the Laldighi ground on Oct 25.
Top leaders, including Chittagong city Awami League unit President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, were present at a rally, held by the party’s city Juba League, at Laldighi on Wednesday.
Asked about the prohibitory order, Chowdhury told “We have heard about the ban. Let’s think over it. And then we will tell you what we have decided.”
Chittagong city Awami League’s acting General Secretary Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury said, “We will sit with senior leaders tonight. We will then decide what we should do next.”
Chowdhury had on Sunday announced rallies on Oct 24 and 25 in protest against the BNP’s threat to start a movement to oust the government.
In an extended meeting, the city Awami League later decided to hold their rallies on Oct 25 and 26, instead of Oct 24 and 25.
The same afternoon, Chittagong city BNP President Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury announced a rally at Laldighi on Oct 25.
He had also said that day they had got permission to hold a rally at the same venue. Rallied and processions have been banned also in the Barisal Metropolitan City, sources said. –


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