Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Friday that the government demonstrated once again how much democratic it is as they allowed BNP to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.
“BNP sought permission for the rally. Recently they were unable to hold any rally without any chaos. We haven’t given them permission as we fear chaos. Though we always want to give the party permission as they have the right to hold meetings as a registered political party,” he said.
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, brought up the comment as he was talking to reporters at Noor Hossain Chattar in the capital’s Zero Point after paying homage to pro-democracy activist Noor Hossain who embraced martyrdom on the day during the anti-Ershad movement in the late 80s.
Different socio-political organisations brought out programs to mark ‘The Shaheed Noor Hossain Day.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi along with his party colleagues also paid tributes to Noor Hossain by placing wreath at the Noor Hossain Chattar.
While speaking to reporters, he said organizing a rally is a democratic right of a political party. “Why should we take permission for the rally and the government for it. It’s our constitutional and basic human right.”
Rizvi stated that Obidul Quader’s remark about giving BNP permission for the rally has demonstrated that the ruling party is controlling the ‘switch’ of democracy.
He made allegations that the government has turned democracy it’s hostage just to stay in power. “Noor Hossain is our inspiration to free the blocked democracy.”
BNP had initially planned to hold the rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday marking what it regarded as the civil-military ‘uprising on November 7, 1975’.
Although the party was not given any written permission, BNP leaders stated that they were assured by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner to be allowed to hold the program.