Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided to reschedule its 32 district-level meetings and rallies, considering the government restriction on public gatherings in open spaces amid fresh surge in Covid-19.
“We have already said the restriction is irrational and ineffective. However, we have decided to reschedule our rallies, considering the public interest,” said BNP Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam Khan.
“We haven’t canceled our programmes. We have just decided to reschedule the events,” he added.
Nazrul Islam also called upon the leaders of the party’s central, metropolitan cities, and districts’ units and its other wings to continue their preparation for meetings and rallies at the rescheduled time.
BNP earlier declared rallies in 40 districts from January 8 to 22, demanding permanent release of the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her treatment abroad. Of the scheduled programmes, the party has already held rallies in eight districts.
The BNP leader further alleged that many attempts were made by the government to ‘obstruct’ their programmes at different places in various ways, including imposing section 144. He said the government has imposed restriction on rallies at a time when elections for Union Parishads and a city corporation are being held. Trade fair, shopping malls and educational institutions have also remained open. It is ‘unreasonable’.
“There can be no rational reason for banning peaceful social, religious and political prgorammes in the open spaces in accordance with the health rules. We think the restriction is politically motivated, undemocratic and repressive,” said the BNP leader.