With rising political heat over tit-for-tat programmes planned on Jan 5 to mark one year of the last general election, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif has said no ‘evil activities’ will be allowed on that day.
Slating BNP’s announcement to hold a rally ‘at any cost’, he said, “BNP’s provocative speeches prove that they do not believe in the rule of law. This kind of speeches will not be tolerated.”
“Evil activities, if any, will be tackled,” he said after a meeting at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office on Friday.
The parliamentary election was held on Jan 5 last year. The BNP and its allies boycotted the polls through which Awami League formed government for a second straight term.
The Awami League plans to mark the day as ‘Protection of Democracy Day’. Hanif said his party will hold rallies at 16 places in Dhaka, including one at the Suhrawardy Udyan, ‘celebrating the victory of democracy’.
On the other hand, the BNP has asked for permission to demonstrate on the same day marking it as ‘Murder of Democracy Day’.
On Friday afternoon, the party’s Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told an urgent press briefing that BNP will hold the rally ‘at any cost’.
Regarding the BNP’s stance, Hanif said, “The BNP is making provocative speeches. It is the duty of the law enforcers to decide who will get permission or be denied.”
He said the Awami League leaders and activists will march across the country marking the victory before rallying on Jan 5.
The ruling party will hold a rally, to be addressed by Prime Minister Hasina, at 2:30pm on Jan 10 marking the return of the nation's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Pakistan.
Asked if there is any chance of clash on Jan 5 due to simultaneous programmes, Hanif said, “There will be no confrontation. You’ll not see the paper tigers that are roaring now.”