BNP resumes public activities

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:52, Sep 20,2020


Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday resumed its organisational activities publicly, which were halted in March due to the outbreak of coronavirus infection in the country.

The resumption of public organisational activities began as per a decision in a virtual meeting of the party’s standing committee on Saturday.

The meeting instructed that the BNP would hold its organisational activities maintaining the heath rules, declared by the World Health Organization, during the coronavirus pandemic, said a press release.

The party had held its organisational activities earlier virtually and the front and associated organisations  took part in the programmes in compliance with the recommended health rules, party sources said.

On March 23, the BNP in a press release suspended its public organisational activities for one month asking the party leaders and activists to remain active and communicate with other party activists through online and mobile phones.

The suspension was extended five times until September 15.

The standing committee’s Saturday meeting decided to take part in the upcoming upazila and union council elections and party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir would take steps for giving nominations to the BNP candidates for the elections.

The meeting expressed concerns over abnormal price hikes of onion and other food items and increasing flood water again for fourth time in the country.

Moreover, the BNP will give candidates in the parliament by-elections to Dhaka-18 and Sirajganj-1 constituencies, after declaration of the election schedule by the Election Commission.

The meeting demanded that the government should give people of the country coronavirus vaccine free of cost.

Chaired by acting party chairman Tarique Rahman, standing committee members Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Muhammad  Jamiruddin  Sirker, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar  Chandra Roy, Abdul Mayeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku attended the meeting.

On Sunday, Chattogram city BNP president Shahadat Hossain, after appearing before a court in the port city in a case, addressed a brief and unscheduled rally and alleged that the ruling Awami League was harassing BNP leaders and activists by implicating them in false and fictitious cases.

BNP central and local leaders were present there.

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