BNP won’t be allowed to hold Jan 5 rally: Hanif

Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif, Joint General Secretary of ruling Awami League, has declared that BNP will not be allowed to any kind of protest rally on January 5 even though the party intends to.

Hanif made the declaration while addressing a joint meeting organised by AL’s Dhaka city (north) unit at Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) in Dhaka on Friday.

His comments came as a reply to BNP Senior Joint General Secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s recent announcement that BNP will take out a march carrying black flags on January 5 and hold a public rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan a day later.

“People will not allow BNP to take to the streets. Those who kill people to thwart election have no rights to hold any programme,” he said.

January 5, 2017 will be the third anniversary of the 10th parliamentary election which BNP boycotted.

The Awami League came to power for the second consecutive term in that election held on January 5, 2014.

The BNP and its allies kept themselves from participating in the election as their demand for a vote under a non-partisan caretaker government was not met.

Terming the day as  “the day of the triumph of democracy”, Hanif said that BNP had made a “mistake” by boycotting the general elections in 2014.

He then asked the opposition outside Parliament to get prepared for the upcoming polls, warning that “boycotting election will not yield any solution”.

In 2015, BNP chief Khaleda Zia called for a nonstop blockade after her party was barred from staging demonstrations on January 5 to commemorate “the murder of democracy day”.

On January 5, 2016, Khaleda delivered a speech in front of her party headquarters in Naya Paltan while the ruling party carried out different activities at their headquarters at the Bangabandhu Avenue.

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