Monday, January 4, 2016, Poush 21, 1422 BS, Rabiul Awal 22, 1437 Hijri

AL, BNP showdown Tuesday
Observer Online Desk
Published :Monday, 4 January, 2016,  Time : 8:38 PM  View Count : 5
Awami League and BNP are set to stage showdown at separate venues in the capital on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the much-talked-about January-5 general election held in 2014.

The ruling party will arrange two rallies at Bangabandhu Avenue and Russell Square, marking the ‘Victory Day for Democracy’, while BNP will hold a rally in front of its Nayapaltan central office, marking what it says the ‘Democracy Killing Day’.

“We’ll hold two rallies at Bangabandhu Avenue and Russell Square instead of taking position at the city’s 18 points to avoid public sufferings. We’ve brought changes in our decision following a request from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP),” AL joint general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif said on Monday.

He was speaking at an extended meeting of AL’s Dhaka city unit at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue office in the city.

On the other hand, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said they will arrange their rally on Tuesday in a
peaceful manner.

“We would like to say unequivocally that the January-5 rally will be held peacefully as we don’t do politics of conflict and we won’t go
for any conflicting programme,” he said while speaking at a press briefing after a preparatory meeting at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.

On Monday, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) gave permission to both the parties to arrange their rallies on some conditions in front of
their respective party offices at Bangabandhu Avenue and Nayapaltan in the capital.

Awami League and BNP were given conditional permission, DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Md Maruf Hossain Sardar confirmed UNB on Monday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) allowed both the parties to hold their rallies at Bangabandhu Avenue and Nayapaltan respectively on Tuesday.

Briefing reporters at the Nagar Bhaban, DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon said, “All have the right to hold rallies. As both parties sought
Suhrawardy Udyan for holding their respective rallies, no one was allowed to go for that. Now, BNP will have to hold its rally at Nayapaltan, while Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue.”

Both AL and BNP on Sunday sought permission from the DMP and DSCC in black and white to hold their rallies in the capital.

Earlier, AL declared to hold a rally on January 5 to observe ‘Victory Day for Democracy’, the 2nd anniversary of January 2014 election,
while BNP announced its programme for the day to observe the ‘Democracy Killing Day’.

As both Awami League and BNP initially announced their respective rallies at Suhrawady Udyan, police turned down the pleas of both the
parties saying no programme and counter-programme will be allowed there.

The 10th parliamentary elections were held on January 5, 2014 amid the boycott by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.


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