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BNP rally in Cumilla today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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As part of its divisional rally, the opposition BNP will hold a public rally in Cumilla today, demanding resignation of the government and the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.

The rally will be organised at Cumilla Town Hall premises in the metropolitan city. Cumilla district unit BNP president will preside over the event. The programme is scheduled to start at 10:00am on Saturday.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will address the rally as the chief guest while its central and local leaders will be present.

The programme is meant to protest the hike in prices of essential commodities, fuel and fertiliser, and the deaths of five BNP men in different districts.

The other demands include dissolution of the current parliament, handover of power to a non-party caretaker government, resignation of the incumbent Awami League government and permanent release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.    Following in the footsteps of previous divisional rallies, the BNP is determined to ensure a large turnout at the Cumilla public rally and has made extensive preparations to that end, according to party sources.

Addressing a press conference at Haque Mansion in Cumilla city on Friday, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the ruling Awami League is trying to ‘stop’ public gathering at the Cumilla rally.

He said seeing the public gathering at the Cumilla rally venue a day before the programme, the law enforcers are raiding the houses of BNP leaders and activists in the city.

"In almost every district and upazila of Cumilla division, the ruling party and the police are targeting BNP men. However, no matter how much they repress the people, no evil force will be able to suppress them tomorrow," he added.

Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said that people had shown the government ‘a red card’ because of corruption and failure to keep prices of essential commodities under control.

“Despite all the obstacles, the previous seven rallies have been largely peaceful. I promise Cumilla rally will be peaceful," he said.

The party leaders and activists who came from different nearby districts also stayed overnight setting up temporary camps on the town hall premises.

Witnesses said thousands of opposition leaders, activists and supporters arrived at the venue and set up camp there a day before the party's divisional rally. Many people arrived on Friday.

The central leaders visited the houses of the party men and encouraged them. The party arranged food for those party men who were passing the night at the rally venue.

Though the party men arrived at the venue a day before the rally in fear of transport strike but no news of transport strike in the Cumilla area was heard centring the BNP’s public rally.

BNP earlier held seven big public rallies in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur, Barishal, Faridpur and Sylhet cities on the same issue.