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Curiosity, panic run high over BNP’s Dec 10 rally

07 December 2022
Curiosity, panic run high over BNP’s Dec 10 rally

Police personnel stand guard in front of the BNP\'s Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday, ahead of the party’s 10 December mass rally in Dhaka. NN photo

Anisur Rahman Khan :
People in general are very curious about what might happen on December 10 when the BNP has planned to hold its Dhaka rally as part of its ongoing divisional rally programme taken up more than two months ago. The programme will culminate with holding of this Dhaka rally.
As of now, both the ruling party Awami League (AL) and the main opposition are involved in a war of words, which many fear, may push them to get locked in a clash.
Hence, people have got panicky over December 10.
The BNP already announced that they will hold the rally either at Nayapaltan or Arambagh, while Dhaka Metropolitan Police asked the party to hold rally in Suhrawardy Udyan or the Ijtema ground in Tongi or even at Purbachal as an alternative.
Meanwhile, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader directed the leaders and activists to keep vigilance everywhere - in districts, cities, wards, unions, upazilas, thanas from tomorrow to prevent the possible 'sabotage' plan of the BNP.
But the BNP Secretary General, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, said that their party would hold its Dec 10 rally in the capital at any cost, braving all barriers and adversaries.
"We are in a fear regarding the BNP rally as a tense and conflicting situation is developing day by day over the rally. The government and police administration have already taken a strong stance that they won't allow the BNP to hold their rally on a city street. We are curious to know what is going to happen on December 10," Ismail Hossain, a high official of a private bank, told this correspondent on Tuesday.
Mahey Alam, a rickshaw puller, who hailed from Kurigram, told this correspondent that he could earn some extra money if the BNP rally would be held in Nayapaltan.   
When asked about whether he is afraid, he replied, "I am a bit afraid that police is not giving the BNP permission to hold rally at Nayapaltan. I heard that AL men will also be present on the streets. So, there are possibilities of a clash in the city. We are in a panic too that police have raided everywhere. I am living in a mess in Motijheel area."
However, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday directed his party activists over Dec 10 rally.
"Get ready for the month of victory. Vigilance will be ensured in all alleys, districts, cities, wards, unions, upazilas, thanas from tomorrow," he said while addressing at the 30th National Council of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
Quader said, "We must save Sheikh Hasina. The lives and property of the country must be protected. So stay careful."
"Two days ago, the foundation stone of Dhaka-Sylhet road was blown up at midnight. Who did this? They are the sponsors of militancy; they are the source of communalism. Who are they, they are Bangladesh 'Nalish' Party (BNP)," he said.
"BNP calls a mass rally, but it turns into a rally. And the Awami League calls a rally, in reality it becomes a mass assembly."
"Alongside the people of Bangladesh, the entire world is keeping an eye on our rally in Dhaka on December 10. We must make this rally a success at any cost," the BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
"People of the country now want relief from the oppression of the present government," Fakhrul said and adding "we must hold a peaceful and successful rally on December 10 if we want to protect the nation, country's independence and sovereignty, and if we want to get back democracy."
The BNP Publicity Secretary Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Annie said that they want to hold their December 10 rally in Dhaka's Arambagh as the alternative venue, but they wouldn't accept any proposal to hold the party's divisional rally at any venue.
"We have told them clearly that Suhrawardy Udyan is unsafe. We will not hold any rally there," the BNP leader told journalists in front of the BNP's central office at Nayapaltan on Tuesday.
About BNP's proposal for the alternative venue, BNP's publicity secretary said, "However, as they (DMP) have requested us to give the name of an alternative venue, we have made this proposal. We want to hold the rally in front of Ideal School at Arambagh. There is also a field beside that school."
About DMP commissioner's remark that BNP would not be allowed to hold rally on street, Annie said, "Where can we hold the rally without street? We are people of the street, and will do our programme on street. We decided to take to the street. Inshallah, they will be bound to allow us to hold rally on the street. We hope that they will cooperate with us. If not, they have to take the responsibility."
If the BNP wants, it can hold a rally at Tongi Biswa Ijtema ground or International Trade Fair ground in Purbachal on December 10, Deputy Police Commissioner (DC) of the Media and Public Relations Department of the DMP Farooq Hossain told journalists on Tuesday.
If any of these sites is chosen, there will be no objection from the DMP side, he added.

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