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BNP denied permission of today’s rally

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , January 4, 2018
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BNP is going to refrain from holding its scheduled rally as the party on Thursday was denied permission to hold it at any open place in the capital.
The party, however, will stage black-flag processions across the country on January 5 to mark the day as ‘Democracy Killing Day’, otherwise the fourth anniversary of the 10th parliamentary elections.
BNP will brief the next course of action at a press briefing at the party’s central office at Nayapaltan on Friday morning, party insiders said.
They said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Thursday advised the party to arrange an indoor programme instead of taking to the streets on Friday.
Talking to journalists after a meeting with the DMP authorities, BNP Publicity Affairs Secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Anee made the disclosure.
He said they had a long discussion with the DMP authorities over their Friday’s programme.
“The DMP authorities said they can’t allow us to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan as an Islamic party was earlier given permission to use the venue. They also urged us not to hold any programme at Nayapaltan on the road halting traffic,” Anee said.
He further said, “They have given us some alternative proposals like holding an indoor programme tomorrow (Friday). They have also told us that they’ll allow us to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan sometime in end January.”
BNP Chairperson’s advisers, Abdus Salam, Abul Khaier Bhuiyan and Anee went to the DMP commissioner’s office around 3:00pm and had about an hour-long discussion on the party’s scheduled programme.
On Monday, BNP announced to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city while bringing out black flag processions across the country on January 5 to observe the day as ‘Democracy Killing Day’ to register its protest against the 10th parliamentary polls held on that day.
However, the party sought a fresh permission from the police and South City Corporation authorities on Wednesday for holding the programme at Nayapaltan while holding a rally on the same day.
The parliamentary elections was held on January 5 in 2014 amid controversy as the BNP, main opposition in the immediate past parliament, and most other political parties boycotted the polls. As a result, 154 lawmakers were elected uncontested in the 10th parliament.
The BNP-led alliance enforced a 99-day nationwide blockade of rail, road and waterways from January 6, 2015, after it was denied permission to hold a rally in the capital’s Nayapaltan on the first anniversary of the 2014 national polls.

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