Khaleda asks alliance leaders to hold rally defying ban

New Age Online

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Sunday asked the leaders and activists of the BNP-led alliance to hold their planned rally on Monday in the city defying a ban imposed by Dhaka Metropolitan Police this morning on any rally in the capital until further order.
She made the call while a group of journalists led by Shawkat Mahmud met with her on Sunday afternoon at her Gulshan office, besieged by the law enforcers since Saturday night.
The journalist team led by Shawkat Mahmud entered the office at about 1:30pm.
Emerging from the office at about 3:15pm, Shawkat Mahmud conveyed Khaleda’s message to waiting reporters in front of the office.
Khaleda will hold the rally at any cost and continue the movement, Shawkat said.
Earlier, the Supreme Court Bar Association president, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, also the Bangladesh Bar Council vice-chairman, along with some other lawyers, came out of the office at about 3:10pm after an hour-long meeting with Khaleda.
Khandker Mahbub told reporters that the BNP chief urged people and all the parties to join the movement for saving democracy and voting rights without waiting for her directions as she was confined.
‘The movement will continue until the downfall of the government,’ Mahbub quoted Khaleda as telling the lawyer delegation.
Khaleda called for a unity of all parties in the transition of the country and urged all to join the movement, Mahbub said.

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