Anti-Modi visit protests withdrawn

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:47, Mar 11,2020


The 16 left-leaning political parties on Tuesday withdrew their prescheduled programmes to protest against the joining Indian prime minister Narendra Modi as chief guest in the opening ceremony of Mujib birth centenary programme scheduled to be held in Dhaka on March 17.

Islamic Andolan Bangladesh and Samamona Islamic Parties also cancelled their demonstrations scheduled for Thursday as the visit of Modi was postponed amid spread of COVID-19 disease.

The government on Sunday rescheduled the programme and announced that foreign dignitaries including Modi would not participate in the opening programme after three coronavirus patients were detected in Bangladesh.

The left parties had withdrawn their protest programme in Dhaka on March 15 and countrywide demonstrations on March 16.

But the parties also announced that they would announce the programme again if Modi was invited again in Bangladesh to attend the programme.

Bazlur Rashid Firoj, coordinator of Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of nine left-leaning political parties, told New Age on Tuesday that they had withdrawn the programmes at a meeting of leaders of 16-parties held at Socialist Party of Bangladesh central office in Dhaka on Monday.

‘But we shall enforce the protest programmes if Modi is invited in the programme again,’ Bazlur Rashid said.

The parties also expressed concern over three coronavirus patients in Bangladesh and called on the Awami League government to take sufficient preventive measures and increasing facilities for the corona patients in the government hospitals.    

Chaired by Bazlur Rashid Firoj, the meeting was attended among others by joint general secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Sazzad Zahir Chandan, United Communist League general secretary Mosharraf Hossain Nannu, Democratic Revolutionary Party general secretary Mushrefa Mishu, SPB (Marxist) central leader Manas Nandi, Jatiya Muki Council secretary Faiezul Hakim and Mohin Uddin Chowdhury Litan.

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