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BNP defers Dec 24 mass procession

  • Mohammad Al Amin
  • 17 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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BNP defers Dec 24 mass procession

The opposition BNP and its likeminded political parties have taken a decision to defer their December 24 nationwide mass procession programme in a bid to avoid confrontation with the ruling Awami League.       

BNP sources said they are likely to bring out the procession on December 30, instead of December 24, to realise their demands, including resignation of the incumbent government.

“Our December 24 mass procession may be deferred to December 30,” BNP Vice-Chairman Mohammad Shahjahan told the Daily Sun.

At the same time, the BNP has also decided to observe December 30, the day of holding the 11th parliamentary election, as ‘Democracy Killing Day’.

The BNP is scheduled to declare the deferment of the date of mass procession programme at a press conference on Saturday.

BNP insiders said they have already decided that the party would defer the mass procession programme in a bid to avoid confrontation with the ruling party.

At the same time, after arrest of a number of central leaders, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Mirza Abbas, BNP is now comparatively weak and has lost capacity to organise a big programme, the sources added.  

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on December 13 urged BNP not to create anarchy ahead of the ruling Awami League's national council on December 24.

"A huge number of leaders and activists from every corner of the country will join the council. So, don't create any chaos," he said.

BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain at the party’s divisional rally held at Golapbagh ground in the capital on December 10 announced that the party would bring out a mass procession on December 24 to realise their demands.

At the programme, the BNP senior leader placed their 10-point demands, including resignation of the current Awami League government,      shifting the power to a neutral caretaker government, dissolving the current parliament and release of the party men, including its chairperson Khaleda Zia. 

At the same time, Khandaker Mosharraf also called upon all other opposition parties especially those are their likeminded to hold the same programme on the same date.

Later, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islamion the same day also placed a 10-point demand same as BNP and announced mass procession for December 24.

The Jamaat is also likely to defer the mass procession to December 30 following the BNP.

Besides, Ganatantra Manch, a coalition of seven opposition political parties, on December 12announced its 14-point demand, including resignation of the Awami League government and formation of election-time neutral caretaker government.  

Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, also a top leader of the alliance, presented the 14-point demand at a press conference saying that the coalition along with BNP would wage a simultaneous movement to oust the government and to bring a qualitative change in the ruling system.

Talking to the Daily Sun, one of the key leaders of Ganatantra Manch, wishing not to be named, told the Daily Sun that “We have already discussed the issue with the BNP’s top leaders and proposed deferring their programme to December 30.  Our Ganatantra Manch will announce the same programme.”

He said the opposition alliance is scheduled to address a press conference at Jatiya Press Club at 11:00am on December 17 to announce their mass procession programme for December 30 simultaneously with the major opposition BNP on the same issue.