The BNP-led 19-party opposition combine has again deferred its Dhaka rally to Monday from Sunday due to the Akheri Munajat of the second phase of the Biswa Ijtema.
Abdul Latif Jony, an assistant office secretary of BNP, confirmed The Daily Star about the late night development.
The decision came around 9:45pm following police’s denial to the alliance to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Sunday.
This is for the third consecutive time, the alliance was refused permission to hold a rally and black flag procession in the capita.
Sunday’s rally was originally scheduled for Saturday protesting government’s denial of permission to hold black flag procession on the city streets on January 29.
As the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) did not give permission to hold the rally on Saturday at the city’s Suhrawardy Udyan, the alliance deferred the programme by a day.
Earlier in mid-January, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia announced to hold a black flag procession across the country including the capital protesting the January 5 “farcical election” and calling off the “illegal” parliament’s session.
Till filing of this report at 8:45pm, DMP is yet to give permission to the opposition alliance for the rally.
Talking to The Daily Star, DMP (Media) Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman tonight said he is not aware of any application by BNP seeking permission for holding a rally in the capital.
But BNP Assistant Office Secretary Abdul Latif Jony confirmed to The Daily Star that they have the received copy of the application which they submitted to the DMP commissioner’s office this morning.