Narayanganj district administration yesterday refused to give the BNP permission to hold a rally in the city on May 14, saying police will not be able to provide security of the gathering as they are busy investigating seven murders.
Narayanganj city panel mayor Nazrul Islam is among the deceased.
Deputy Commissioner of Narayanganj Anisur Rahman Bhuiyan, however, told a delegation of Narayanganj district unit BNP to organise the rally after a month, party sources said.
The delegation, led by president of the unit Taimur Alam Khondaker, went to the DC, seeking his permission for holding the rally at Alauddin Khan Stadium in Nitaiganj area.
Talking to The Daily Star, Taimur said the DC came up with his reply after discussing with superintendent of police in Narayanganj Khandaker Mahid Uddin.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia was set to join the rally to “express solidarity” with people of Narayanganj and to console family members of the dead, he added.
After talking to the party high-ups, they would decide their next course of action to this end, the BNP leader mentioned.
On Wednesday night, Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy told Taimur that she was unable to give permission to the BNP to arrange the rally, considering the law and order in the city.
Meanwhile, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday morning lambasted the government for not consenting to hold the rally.
He was addressing a press conference in the party's Nayapaltan central office.