BNP has said it will hold its Dhaka divisional rally at Golapbagh peacefully and it urged the Dhaka city dwellers to spontaneously join the rally.
“We will hold the programme in Dhaka peacefully as we did in nine other divisional cities. We call upon people from all walks of life to participate in our programme spontaneously,” said Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, a former cabinet minister and the most senior member of the BNP's standing committee.
He was speaking at a press conference held at the party chairperson's Gulshan office at 3pm following a virtual meeting of the leaders of the BNP standing committee, according to UNB.
Speaking at the press conference, he alleged that the government has created unnecessary chaos over giving the party permission for venue to hold Saturday’s rally and bought time with an evil motive to foil the programme.
The BNP leader also said the government resorted to violence at Nayapaltan on Wednesday and arrested many party leaders and activists and caused injuries to many others to spread panic among the people so that they don’t join the rally.
“We believe people will give a befitting reply to the government’s evil efforts by spontaneously joining the rally on Saturday,” he said.
Mosharraf said the party will start the rally from 11am tomorrow at the Golapbagh ground as Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has already given permission to use the venue.
Demand for immediate release of Mirza Fakhrul, Abbas and other leaders, activists
Mosharraf strongly condemned and protested the arrest of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas at the dead of night.
“The arrest of Fakhrul and Abbas is an extreme manifestation of the government’s fascist character.”
He demanded the government immediately release the two top leaders and all other party leaders and activists who were arrested involving the rally on Saturday.
Earlier, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) permitted the party to hold their rally at Golapbagh.
BNP vice chairman Dr AZM Zahid Hossain disclosed the matter to the media after a meeting with Chief of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Harun Or Rashid on Friday noon.