BNP on Monday alleged that the government is trying to keep the party away from observing its political programs by resorting to a ‘dual policy’, fearing to lose power.
“We’re denied permission to hold our rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on January 7. It’s nothing new as we were not allowed on seven occasions by the police to hold our rallies in the capital since January 5, 2014. You (govt) don’t allow us to take to the streets and form human chain programs and instead our leaders and activists are driven away by charging batons,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further added, “However, you’re (AL) regularly taking to the streets. Rallies at 2/3 venues have been staged by you in Dhaka and processions were taken out on January 5 last. As you don’t allow the biggest political party to hold any program, you can tell police that two set of rules exist in the country, one for Awami League and the other for the rest of the people.”
BNP had announced to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on January 7 to mark 10th parliamentary elections day as what it says the democracy killing day, but they were not granted permission by Dhaka Metropolitan Police to stage the program.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader was thanked by Fakhrul for his comments that BNP is weak in movement, not in people’s support. “He (Quader) deserves thanks for speaking the truth. It was realized by him that people will get a day to exercise their voting rights and will show their power. That’s the democracy.”
He said BNP is being kept away by the ruling party from getting organised, holding rallies and bringing out processions as it knows very well about the party’s popularity. “BNP is feared by the government as they know if BNP men once take to the streets, it will be very difficult for them to protect their throne.”
The government was urged by the BNP leader to ensure a democratic space for opposition parties so that they can properly carry out their political activities.