Monday, 6 February, 2023

Street can't be alternative to ground for rally: Hasan

Street can't be alternative to ground for rally: Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said the ground can be an alternative to the field, not the street for a rally, but BNP is yearning for the street to hold their upcoming rally scheduled for December 10 as they want to accomplish their ill motive, reports BSS.

 Public rally is generally held on the ground, not on a busy street. It is not the responsible work of a political party to hold public meetings by obstructing vehicle movement and putting people in fear. They (BNP) don't like the Suhrawardy Udyan where all the gargantuan rallies were held in the history of Bangladesh, he said.

 They (BNP) only like streets so that they can vandalise vehicles and set fire to different organisations like 2013, 2014 and 2015, said Hasan replying to a query from reporters at his Secretariat office in the capital.

 He said trade fair ground in Purbachal or Biswa Ijtema ground at Tongi or the bank of the Buriganga River may be an alternative to Suhrawardy Udyan to hold their (BNP) rally.

 The minister said none is being arrested due to political reasons. But, the countrymen think that the persons, who gave orders and provided money for arson attacks, should be brought to book, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

 He said the government conducts special raids every year so that Victory Day, Martyred Intellectuals Day and English New Year can be observed in smooth manners.

 And this is nothing new and not even for political reasons, he added.

 He said BNP leaders and activists carried out arson attacks across the country in the name of politics in 2013, 2014 and 2015. It is a matter of legal issue if anyone of them is arrested, he added.

 Earlier, the outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki paid a courtesy call on the minister at his Secretariat office.

After the meeting, Hasan said that he extended thanks to the ambassador for the role of Japan in the development of Bangladesh.

 The minister also recalled the contribution of Japan to the independence movement of the country.