BNP gets Suhrawardy Uddyan to hold Dhaka rally on 26 conditions30 November 2022
Staff Correspondent :
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has permitted BNP to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 10 December on 26 conditions though the party sought to gather people in the capital's Naya Paltan, which police say will cause traffic congestion and the suffering of people
DMP issued a letter on Tuesday which read the approval letter is not a permission for using the place. The permission [to use Suhrawardy Udyan] will have to be taken from the authorities concerned.
The letter signed by Abdul Momen, deputy commissioner of DMP headquarters (administration) has been sent to BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
On 15 November, BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi applied to DMP seeking permission to hold a rally at Naya Paltan. Two days later, on 17 November, a group of BNP leaders met the DMP commissioner to inform him of their decision.
The conditions are given below:
1. This approval letter is not the permission for using the place. The permission will have to be taken from the authorities concerned.
2. The conditions mentioned in the venue permission letter, will have to be maintained properly.
3. All activities of the rally will have to be held within the boundary of Suhrawardy Udyan.4. A sufficient number of volunteers (with visible ID card) will have to be deployed at its own management at the venue to ensure security.
5. CCTV cameras with higher resolution will have to be set up in and out of the venue at own management at the directives of the local police administration.
6. Archway will have to be established in all entrances at own management.
7. All vehicles of the rally will have to go through vehicle scanner and search mirror.
8. Fire extinguishing measures will have to be taken at own management
9. No mike and sound box can be set up outside the Suhrawardy Udyan.
10. No projector can be installed outside the Suhrawardy Udyan.
11. No mike and sound box can be used during Azan, Namaz and other religiously sensitive period.
12. Gathering won't be allowed at road and footpath outside the Suhrawardy Udyan.
13. No remark and caricature can be displayed and delivered over the issue that could hurt the religious sentiment.
14. All the activities of the gathering will have to be finished within the stipulated time.
15. People are allowed to come to the venue two hours before the rally is held.
16. At any condition, traffic and the people's movements cannot be disrupted on the rods nearby the venue.
17. No stick and iron rod can be brought to the rally venue in the guise of carrying flags, banners and festoons.
18. No activities that could hamper the public safety and the law and order are now allowed.
19. No anti-state activities or speeches can be made.
20. No provocative speech or leaflet can be delivered.
21. It is not allowed to come to the rally venue in a form of procession
22. Vehicles will have to be parked in designated area. They cannot be parked on main street.
23. Organisers will be held responsible if the law and order situation are disrupted in the rally spot.
24. The gathering will have to be conducted maintaining the proper health guidelines.
25. The permission will be deemed cancelled as soon as the aforementioned conditions are not properly met.
26. The authority has the right to cancel this permission without issuing any show-cause notice in public interest.
Meanwhile, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, member secretary of the BNP's media cell said that BNP did not want Suhrawardy Udyan for the rally.
"As the DMP said that they allowed us to hold a rally in the Suhrawardy Udyan, our standing committee will hold a meeting and take a decision in this regard," he said.
Annie further said till now BNP is determined to hold their party rally in the Nayapaltan area.
When asked, BNP's standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain said that they will take decision on the condition at the standing committee meeting.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed said that the party will hold its standing committee meeting in a day or two.
He further said the mass rally to be held on 10 December is a rally in the public interest and to restore the lost democracy.
He made the remarks while talking to the media at the BNP central office in Naya Paltan on Tuesday.
Rizvi said, "There has been increase in the prices of daily necessities, water, and electricity; all in all, anarchy has been created in Bangladesh. BNP is holding a mass rally in protest. Unfortunately, it is the government's creation. BNP has been protesting against the government's anti-people policy."
He also claimed that the government is conspiring around the mass gathering of BNP.
"That is their usual practice. False cases are being filed against BNP leaders and activists. The purpose of filing these cases is an attempt to mislead the public as before."
Rizvi noted that despite such attempts, the flow of the crowd could not be stopped at any BNP rally.
"That is why they are filing cases against BNP leaders and activists under false pretences," he added.
Rizvi said that the purpose of attacking the houses of BNP leaders and activists is to prevent the 10 December rally from being a mass gathering.
"But in the Dhaka divisional rally, all the conspiracies will be broken and success will be achieved. Crowds will murmur on in Dhaka," said the BNP leader.
As part of the move to continue the pace of its ongoing movement, the BNP on 27 September announced a series of public rallies in 10 divisional cities to denounce the price hike of daily essentials and fuels, the death of five party men in previous police action in Bhola, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Jashore, and to ensure the freedom of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The party has already arranged rallies in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur, Barishal, Faridpur, and Sylhet braving various obstacles and transport strikes.
BNP will conclude the divisional rallies through a mass gathering in Dhaka city on 10 December, coinciding with International Human Rights day.
The BNP has long been demanding that the next general election be held under a caretaker government, not under any political government-a demand sharply rejected by the ruling Awami League as the constitution does not contain any such provision.