Dhaka – The BNP will hold a protest rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Wednesday protesting the police’s search operation in party chairperson’s Gulshan office.
The decision was taken at the meeting of standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, Sunday night with former premier Khaleda Zia in the chair.
The BNP considers the incident a big conspiracy against the democracy, says a press release issued yesterday.
The standing committee meeting held at party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office called upon the countrymen to remain alert against the conspiracies and plot against the party.
“The meeting observes that the heinous incident took place at a time when the BNP is going ahead with an initiative to introduce a new political culture in Bangladesh. The peaceful people have become stunned, concerned and worried about with the incident,” said the release signed by senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
The meeting strongly condemned and protested the three-hour long police’s raid at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday without any prior notice what the party said to meet ill intention of the government.
The meeting termed the incident unprecedented one, violation of political culture and misdeeds of the government.
“The incident unmasked the identity of nasty politics of the present immoral government. It has proved again that the government wants to establish one-party rule by squeezing the normal path of politics and democracy,” the release added.
“The search operation at a office of a biggest political party without serving any notice undermined the rule of law and hampered the healthy politics.”
The meeting expressed deep shock at the death of elderly politician and president of Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (Jagpa) Shafiul Alam Prodhan and former BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain’s wife Sahara Hossain and prayed for salvation of the departed souls.
The meeting also discussed the latest development in the political arena and party’s strategies and next course of action.
In a surprise move, police on Saturday conducted a search operation in Khaleda’s office at road number 86 in Gulshan 2 but came out empty hands. They did not find any harmful thing inside the office during the search which was broadly criticised in political arena.
Meanwhile, BNP assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu yesterday said that they have submitted applications to the department of public works and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner seeking permission for the public meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan. – Staff Reporter