The ruling Awami League staged a huge showdown in the capital on Wednesday with a vow to fight against violence.
Holding the BNP-Jamaat men responsible for violence, Awami League leaders said the anarchists (BNP-Jamaat) will be thrown into the Bay of Bengal.
Addressing the rally organised by the Dhaka Metropolitan North and South Awami League, AL leaders said they already took to the street so that the anarchists could not do any harm to the people and their property.
Several thousands of AL leaders and activists carrying festoons and banners started streaming into the venue since morning. They chanted slogans against the BNP-Jamaat.
AL insiders see the rally as a counter one of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) which had staged such a action programme, protesting the oil price hike and ‘misrule’ of the incumbent government.
Addressing the rally, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader criticised BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for saying that the Awami League has no ground under its feet.
“This is a human sea. Have they (BNP) ever seen such crowd? I do not think so,” he said.
“The UN has no jurisdiction to investigate the complaint that BNP made to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights over alleged mass murder,” he added.
Over the BNP’s threat to oust the government ahead of the next parliamentary elections, Quader said BNP would again fail in the next election.
“You got caught last time. You will get caught again,” he said, adding that there would be a game in the next elections and the game would be played on the street.
Awami League presidium member Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said they just showed a sample of showdown through the agitation programme.
“We will throw the BNP-Jamaat men into the Bay of Bengal in September. Resistance will be made whenever the BNP-Jamaat men will be found,” he added.
Addressing the rally, another party presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak said BNP leaders could speak from Nayapaltan as the AL president believes in democracy.
“Befitting reply will be given if they speak breaking the norms,” he added.
Senior AL leaders, including Matia Chowdhury, Dr Abdur Razzaque, Abdur Rahman, Kamrul Islam, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Dr Hasan Mahumd, Ahmad Hossain, SM Kamal Hossain, Afzal Hossain and Biplab Barua, among others, addressed the rally with Dhaka city north unit president Sheikh Bazlur Rahman in the chair.