Having failed to get permission for holding its rally in the city, BNP on Sunday announced a countrywide demonstration programme for Monday in protest.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir declared the programme at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.He said leaders and activists of Dhaka City unit BNP will staged demonstration and rally at every thana of the city.Besides, the BNP secretary general said, the programme will be observed at every district town and divisional headquarters on the same day.
Fakhrul said despite being the country’s ‘largest’ political party, which ruled the country for the five times, BNP was not allowed to hold a rally. “It demonstrates the country’s actual democratic situation.”Mentioning that holding a rally is BNP’s constitutional right, he said the government has violated the constitution by depriving the party of exercising the right. “We strongly denounce and condemn the government’s attitude.”BNP had a plan to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Uddan today marking November 7 as the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’. However, the police authorities and the Public Works Department did not allow the party to arrange the rally.The party had also sought permission to arrange the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan either on November7 or 8 but the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) declined to allow it to hold the programme on security ground.Later, the party announced to arrange the rally at Nayapaltan on November 8, but the Dhaka South City Corporation did not allow the party to hold the rally on streets. Then, BNP rescheduled its rally saying it will hold the programme at Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday.The DMP, however, asked the party to hold a discussion instead of a rally at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Tuesday last, but the party turned it down.