BNP protests Hanif's remarks over Jan 6 rally
Countering Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif's thereat not to allow it to take to the streets on January 5, BNP on Friday voiced its firm stance on making its countrywide black flag procession programme a success on that day.
"Our party's scheduled programme to bring out processions with black flags and wearing black badges in all cities and district towns on January 5 must be held. Our district leaders are taking all-out preparations in coordination with all leaders and activists to make it a success," said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the BNP's Nayapaltan central office, he also said they hold their rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on January 7, marking the third anniversary of the 10th parliamentary elections as 'democracy killing day'.
Earlier in the day, Hanif at a joint meeting of Dhaka South city unit Awami League, said people will not allow BNP to take to the streets on January 5. "Those who killed people in the name of foiling elections have no right to observe any programme."
Awami League announced to observe January 5 as a 'victory day of democracy' while BNP as 'democracy killing day'.
Reacting to Hanif's comment, Rizvi said the ruling party leader's remark exposed how they annihilated democracy. 'The undemocratic forces get scared whenever they see public gathering and processions."
He also slammed Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for his announcement that they will mark January 5 as 'victory day of democracy', saying celebrating such an election is an absurd incident. "Only those who are totally shameless can do it." —UNB