Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday hit back at ruling Awami League as it took credit for allowing BNP to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Sunday.
BNP’s senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi asked why taking police permission should be mandatory for holding a rally in a democratic country.
‘The provision of taking police permission is nowhere in the democratic world,’ Rizvi said.
Talking to journalists, he said holding rally was a constitutional right, saying that persons like Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader claimed that they had given permission for rally, which meant that they had ‘the switch of democracy in their hands’.
Rizvi came up with the remarks while talking to journalists at Gulistan in Dhaka after placing a wreath at the Shaheed Noor Hossain Square to commemorate the sacrifice of Noor Hossain, who was killed in a police firing on a demonstration against the then autocratic rule of Hussain Muhammad Ershad on November 10 in 1987.
Noor Hossain joined the opposition called Dhaka blockade programme on the day with the slogans ‘down with autocracy’ written in white on his bare chest and ‘let democracy be free’ on his bare back.
Responding to an observation of Obaidul Quader that BNP would willingly join the next parliamentary election at any cost, Rizvi said the elections held under the incumbent government were full of ‘violence’ and ‘bloodshed’, so BNP wanted an election-time neutral government that would ensure a free and fair election.
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