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BNP men feeling invigorated

Ctg, Mymensingh rallies boost their morale

BNP men feeling invigorated

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BNP leaders and activists from all tiers are now feeling rejuvenated after holding two big public rallies in Chattogram and Mymensingh divisions to press for their various demands with the party high command seeing it as a great success in their movement.

“It has been revealed through the big public rallies that the people have taken to the streets in support of our demands. People have spontaneously joined the rallies. We’re very much energised with the people’s participation in our movement,” BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told the Daily Sun.

Mentioning that they are steadily going towards the goal to realise their demands, including holding the next general election under a caretaker government, he expressed the hope that they will take their movement to the final stage with the current vibe of the country’s people. The other demands of the party include resignation of the incumbent government and permanent release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

As part of their plan to hold public rallies in 10 organisational divisions in support of the demands, BNP staged two big rallies – first one at Chattogram Polo Ground on October 12 and the other one at Mymensingh Polytechnic Institute ground on October 15.

Huge people, including BNP leaders and activists, took part in the programmes as the government did not create any obstruction.Talking to the Daily Sun, another BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said, “The public rallies proved that the people have already decided that they don’t want to see this government in power anymore.”

He alleged that Awami League and Jubo League men carried out attacks on BNP leaders and workers on their way to the rally in the port city. “Police also halted vehicular movement in many areas while mobile court drives were conducted to prevent normal traffic in a bid to foil the public rally,” he said.

About the Mymensingh rally, BNP organising secretary (Mymensingh division) Syed Emran Saleh Prince said the people have woken up against the current government. “The government has become hopeless after seeing the massive participation of people in our rally. We’ll turn our ongoing movement into a one-point one in the final stage,” he said.

He alleged that the ruling party created obstruction to their Mymensingh rally in various ways. “The administration killed time while giving us permission for holding our public rally. They gave us permission for using the polytechnic field at the eleventh hour.”

“The ruling party leaders and activists also carried out attacks on our party men in different areas on their way to the rally. At the same time, they exploded bombs in the Mymensingh city to create panic among people. The transport strike was also called to foil the rally,” the BNP leader said.

BNP insiders said after holding the two public rallies ‘peacefully’ with the huge participation of people, party’s leaders and activists -- from grassroots to central levels -- are now in a happy mood.

The huge turnout of people in both rallies has energized them and boosted their morale, they said.

They also hope to stage similar rallies in the rest of the divisions in the run-up to the one-point movement.

Talking to the Daily Sun, a number of BNP central leaders said they are very much happy after being able to hold the two ‘successful’ big public rallies without any ‘major’ obstruction from the government.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their party will not stop in their ongoing movement in the face of any obstacle. “We want to move forward with our movement systematically and democratically. We want to restore the rights to hold meetings and rallies. We won’t concede to any obstacle and neither will the country’s people,” he said.

BNP is scheduled to hold eight more public rallies -- in Khulna on October 22, Rangpur on October 29, Barishal on November 5, Faridpur on November 12, Sylhet on November 19, Cumilla on November 26, Rajshahi on December 3 and in Dhaka December 10.

The party sources said from the Dhaka rally, the party will give an ultimatum to the government to concede to their demands and also announce their movement plan.

In phases, the opposition party will intensify their movement and turn into a one-point oust-government one, the sources added.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Md Abdus Salam, convener of BNP’s Dhaka South city unit, said they have planned to hold a mammoth rally in the capital on December 10. “At the rally, we’ll announce the next course of action to realise our demands,” he said.

At the same time, the party has also planned to go for simultaneous movement with other opposition parties after December 10 to press for the demands.