Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday denied BNP permission to hold its grand rally in front of its Nayapaltan headquarters or at the Suhrawardy Udyan on the grounds of public suffering on a working day.
The Awami League's 22nd national council is underway after Prime Minister and the party President Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the event this morning.
The BNP wants to hold the Dhaka rally in front of its Nayapaltan headquarters on December 10. But the government said the party must hold it at Suhrawardy Udyan, not Nayapaltan. Both the Awami League and the BNP are at loggerheads over the rally venue.
The government and the BNP appear to be on a collision course over the venue of the latter’s much-talked about December 10 Dhaka rally as neither would budge on its stance.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina describes her party as the country’s “biggest and strongest” political organisation and calls upon its leaders and workers to come forward with principle and ideology of Bangabandhu.
BNP yesterday postponed its scheduled public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on February 8, due to the ongoing Ekushey book fair.
Jatiya Oikyafront has threatened to intensify agitation through a series of programmes, including a road march towards Rajshahi from the capital tomorrow, if the ruling Awami League does not accept its proposals in their second round of parley today.
A madrasa student died from electrocution during a rally of ulamas at the capital's Suhrawardy Udyan yesterday.