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BNP Dhaka rally deferred to Mar 12

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BNP yesterday rescheduled its March 11 public rally for March 12 in the capital's Suhrawardy Udyan demanding the release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, reports UNB. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the revised scheduled of their planned rally at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office. "We declared yesterday (Thursday) to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 11. We've now deferred our rally to March 12 from March 11. We've also completed all the necessary processes in this regard," he said. The BNP leader said they have sent letters to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Public Works department seeking permission for the rally. “We hope that they’ll allow us this time to hold the rally.”

Rizvi also said earlier their party was denied permission to hold a rally on February 22 at the same venue showing causes of International Mother Language Day programme and Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Bangla Academy premises. On February 8 last, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

Earlier, the party sought permission to hold a rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of its Nayapaltan central office on February 22, but it was denied by the authorities concerned.

Turning to the Dhaka Bar Association elections, he urged the administration to ensure a congenial atmosphere for vote counting properly.

Meanwhile, BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said the political instability created over Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment is not only BNP’s problem, it is a serious problem for every citizen of the country.

Khasru, also a former Commerce Minister, said this while addressing a programme, organised by Central Committee of Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad at the Jatiya Press Club in the morning. The programme was arranged to protest Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment and demanding her immediate release. “The present crisis is very acute and people are living in uncertainty,” he said.

He said this is unfortunate when their leader Khaleda is in custody, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is carrying out a campaign across the country seeking votes for boat. The BNP leader said Awami League started its election campaign one year ahead of the national election but the government using its police force to prevent BNP from forming human chains, staging peaceful protests by showing black flags and distributing leaflets.

He said now the BNP activists are being arrested indiscriminately and they are not getting permission for holding rallies or carry out a peaceful movement which are restricting their democratic rights. “They (AL) have resorted to fascism and autocracy while BNP is still in a peaceful path for protecting democracy,” he said.

Khasru said the AL led government is not ready to hear the recommendations of foreign representatives who always ask for an inclusive, free and fair election. “Now the country is running by the ‘ Law of Jungle’ where nobody can one’s political rights. Some other BNP leaders, including Ismail Hossain Bengal, Shirin Sultana and Mir Hossain Miru, also spoke on the occasion.

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