Police now ruling Awami League’s ‘personal security’, says BNP
Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-01-10 16:19:54.0 BdST Updated: 2017-01-10 16:19:54.0 BdST
The BNP has alleged that the ruling Awami League party is using the state machinery to hold its rallies, while denying the BNP permission to hold them.
BNP Joint Senior Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters : “The BNP was not allowed to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, but Ershad’s Jatiya Party held a noisy programme there only a few days ago.”
“And the Awami League can hold their rallies in the capital any day,” he continued. “Even today, police have announced that several important thoroughfares have been closed for a rally. The police have simply become personal security for the ruling party.”
The BNP had requested the use of Suhrawardy Udyan on Jan 7 for a rally for anniversary of the 10th Parliamentary Elections on Jan 5, which the party calls ‘Death of Democracy Day’, but had received no response.
Instead, on Jan 5, the Awami League’s Dhaka Metropolitan North branch held an event at Rasel Square and its Dhaka Metropolitan South branch held another programme at Bangabandhu Avenue.
The Jatiya Party was allowed to celebrate the anniversary of its inauguration on Jan 1 at Suhrawardy.
The Awami League has also planned a rally on Tuesday evening to commemorate Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Homecoming Day.
Asked about the comments of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Rizvi responded : “The Awami League General Secretary has said that permission for the rally were handled by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. Is he mocking everyone? He acts as if the people do not understand what is happening. The DMP’s task is to combat crime, not combat the ruling party’s political opponents.”
The BNP joint senior secretary general also compared the current administration’s use of power to that of the Ayub Khan administration.
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