Dhaka, Bangladesh
BNP will hold rallies without police permission in future

BNP will hold rallies without police permission in future

'PM trying to influence Khaleda graft case'

BNP on Wednesday threatened to hold its future programmes at Suhrawardy Udyan without waiting for police permission, reports UNB. We had repeatedly sought permission from the police for holding our rallies at Suhrawardy Udyan, but we're denied it. So, BNP won't wait for police permission anymore in the days to come, it'll be taken away, said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. The BNP leader issued the threat while speaking at a human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club. Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal arranged the programme protesting attacks on Barisal city unit BNP's female leaders and activists while observing the party's programme marking January 5 as 'democracy killing day'. BNP had sought permission for holding a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on January 7 to register its protest against January-5 parliamentary elections, boycotted by it. But, the party could not hold it as Dhaka Metropolitan Police denied it the permission. Last year, the party was not allowed to hold a rally at the same venue marking November 7 as a 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day'. Rizvi said the government is depriving a political party like BNP of its constitutional rights by not giving it permission for its rallies. He alleged that the government is conspiring to establish dictatorship in the country by annihilating democracy. Rizvi criticised the government for what he said its continued repression on their party men, saying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants the blood of BNP leaders and activists, not democracy. Sheikh Hasina becomes happy when she sees the dead bodies of BNP leaders and activists and she rejoices it. He alleged that the killing incidents and repression on women are growing in the country alarmingly as the current;illegal regime is pampering the real offenders instead of punishing them. UNB adds: BNP on Wednesday slammed the Prime Minister for her comment that its chairperson Khaleda Zia embezzled orphans' money, saying Sheikh Hasina tried to influence the trial of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with her remark on a sub-judice matter. How there could be the rule of law, good governance and democracy when only one person is the head of the state, head of the government, chief of trial and chief investigator. She (PM) said Khaleda Zia misappropriated orphans' money. With her comment, she (PM) has given a verdict on a sub-judice matter, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a discussion, he further said, a false case was filed and investigation carried out into it and now the trial is on. But, you (PM) have already completed the probe, determined accused and given the verdict. Do the judges need to deliver any verdict now? Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Jote arranged the programme at Kochi Kachar Mela auditorium in the city marking the second anniversary of noted filmmaker Chashi Nazrul Islam. In 2008, the Anti Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against six people, including Zia and her son Tarique Rahman. Dhaka's Third Special Judges Court has long been conducting the hearing on case. Fakhrul said their party can assume what will be the verdict of the case when the Prime Minister continues to speak about the case of a former prime minister. When the chief executive says some thing like that, we can easily understand in which direction the case will be diverted. He, however, warned that the government will not be able to suppress the country's democracy-loving people by filing a false case against Khaleda and influencing its trial. The BNP leader also criticised the Prime Minister for asking Khaleda to learn the language of democracy. It's an irony those who don't believe in democracy and use democracy for their benefits is saying it. From whom we need to learn democratic language those who annihilated democracy in 1975 by establishing one-party rule and doing the same now undercover. He said the government is gagging the media and harassing those raise their voice against it and implicating those express alternative opinions in sedition cases. You'd exercised democracy such a way that 153 MPs were elected without votes. Fakhrul alleged that the government is also not allowing BNP and others who speaks against its misdeeds to hold rallies and meetings. You're suppressing your political opponents as there's no democracy, equal rights and equal law for all.

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