AL, BNP face off over Sept 29 rallies

26 Sep,2018

Tension mounts as the Awami League-led ruling alliance calls for a rally in Dhaka on September 29 to counter a rally of its arch rival the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in the city on the same date.

AL-led alliance leaders at a meeting with professional bodies in the city on Tuesday vowed to keep control over the field as BNP earlier on the day shifted its rally to September 29 from September 27.
Following a meeting of the alliance at a community centre at Dhanmandi on Monday, alliance spokesperson Mohammad Nasim said that the alliance would hold a workers’ rally at Mahanagar Natyamancha at 3:00pm on September 29.
Nasim also discussed about the preparedness for the rally during an exchange of views with leaders of different professional bodies at Jatiya Sanmajtantrik Dal central office on Tuesday.
Mohammad Nasim called the leaders and activists of the alliance and the leaders of professional bodies to remain alert so that they could resist any conspiracy against next general election.
‘Don’t let the demons round up on roads, repel them in fields, in roads,’ said Md Nasim without mentioning anybody. 
Abdur Rahman, joint general secretary of Awami League, while speaking at the exchange of views programme, called AL leaders and activists to stay in the field to keep their control.
Meanwhile, BNP earlier on Tuesday said it had to shift its rally from September 27 to September 29.
BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office on Tuesday said the rally would be held at 2:00pm on September 29 at Suhrawardy Udyan.
The date was changed as police refused to allow the party to hold a rally on working day on Thursday, Rizvi said. 
BNP leaders said the party would place five to six demands at the rally for a free and fair parliamentary election.
The demands would include unconditional release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and of all political prisoners, resignation of the government, formation of a poll-time interim government and dissolution of parliament before announcement of schedule for 11th parliamentary election, the leaders added.
At the rally, BNP would also place some key visions, namely establishing rule of law, good governance and rooting out of corruption, the party sources said.
BNP was thinking about inviting the top leaders of Jatiya Oikya Prakriya and Juktafront including Kamal Hossain and AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury to the September 29 meeting, the leaders said.
On Monday Rizvi said that the party would hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan or Naya Paltan on September 27.

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