Issuing a note of warning to its arch-rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), ruling Awami League on Saturday said the opposition party will not be given any space on the streets from December.
“Streets will remain under the control of pro-liberation forces from December. BNP has presently been given scope (for staging demonstration) but we won’t spare them from December,” AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader said while addressing a protest rally at Madhya Badda in the capital.
Thousands of AL activists from Dhaka and adjacent areas, carrying banners and festoons, joined the programme and chanted slogans against the BNP-Jamaat clique.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, asked BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to discard their demand for restoration of the caretaker government system in the country.
Fakhrul at a rally in Barishal on the day renewed the threat that there will be no election in the country under the government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Discard the hope for reviving the caretaker government system. The system has now been in museum as the court has scrapped it. The caretaker government system won’t be restored,” Quader said.
Warning BNP leaders and activists, AL presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak said they will give a befitting reply if any citizen comes under attack by the BNP-Jamaat men.
About BNP’s assertion that the country will be run at the order of Khaleda Zia after December 10, AL Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim said people will see Khaleda in jail again if BNP men want to create anarchy in the name of movement.
“If BNP creates chaos, we’ll see Khaleda in jail at Keraniganj. That’s the appropriate place for Khaleda,” he said.
Bahauddin said people will resist those who want to destablise the country at the order of Tarique Rahman with an iron hand.
AL leader Biplab Barua and local MP AKM Rahmatullah, AL North city general secretary SM Mannan Kochi, among others, addressed the programme with AL North city president Sheikh Bazlur Rahman in the chair. Earlier, addressing a rally in Cumilla, Quader said BNP does politics of killings as the party founder Ziaur Rahman was involved with Bangabandhu killing and his son Tarique Rahman masterminded the gruesome August 21 massacre.
“Even Pakistanis didn’t dare to kill Bangabandhu but killer Khondaker Mostaq did so and Ziaur Rahman was involved with the Bangabandhu assassination,” he told the inaugural ceremony of Cumilla City unit of AL’s council at Town Hall ground.
Quader said subsequently military dictator Ziaur Rahman rewarded killers of August 15 and gave them jobs in Bangladesh missions abroad.
AL presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim addressed the function as the chief guest with Cumilla City AL President AKM Bahauddin Bahar in the chair.
AL Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Organising Secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Science and Technology Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi and Information and Research Secretary Dr Selim Mahmud addressed the programme as the special guests.
Quader said now BNP is trying to gather people in their rallies in exchange of money as BNP Secretary General ‘Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is sleeping on sack of money’.
Pointing to BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, he said command is being given from the bank of River Thames in London and BNP leaders and workers are making daydreaming.
Their dreams will evaporate as like as camphor, he said.
Dubbing Tarique as the prince of Hawa Bhaban, BNP government’s alternative power house, Quader said Tarique, who is a fugitive convict in several cases, masterminded the August 15 grenade attacks on AL rally and other killings.
The people will not accept any convict, he said.
Lawmakers Abul Hasem Khan, Dr Pran Gopal Dutta, Nasimul Islam Chowdhury Nazrul and Aroma Dutta, Cumilla Zila Parishad Chairman Mafizur Rahman Babul also addressed the inaugural session of the council.
Cumilla City AL General Secretary and city mayor Arfanul Haque Rifat delivered the welcome address.