Tension mounts over AL, BNP rallies in CtgNurul Alam
Tension mounted in the port city of Chittagong as the ruling Awami League and major opposition BNP stuck to their announcement of holding rallies at Laldighi Maidan on the same day on October 25.
‘We are apprehending confrontation if both the parties are allowed to hold rallies at Laldighi maidan at the same time. So we are trying to resolve the problem through negotiation with both the sides and we are keeping contacts with the leaders of both the parties to avert any confrontatioin,’ said Shafiqul Islam, the commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
‘If our move for an amicable settlement fails, we will go for taking action as per law. We will do our duty to maintain law and order at any cost,’ he added.
When asked, he informed that permission for holding rallies at Laldighi maidan on October 25 was not yet given to any party.
‘Without obtaining permission from us nobody can hold any rally or procession here,’ he said.
Meanwhile, AL started miking throughout the port city from Monday, one day after its announcement of holding rallies for two consecutive days on October 24 and 25, in its bid for a campaign to draw crowd for staging a big political showdown.
‘Whatever may be the situation, we will hold the rally at Laldighi maidan on October 24 and 25 as we got the due permission for the same from the concerned authorities,’ said the former mayor and president of Chittagong city unit Awami League, Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
‘We will never back out from our announced programme or we will not
change the date under any pressure. There is none to stop our rally at Laldighi Maidan and we took all necessary measures to hold it,’ he added.
When contacted, president of Chittagong city unit BNP, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, said, ‘We are determined to hold the rally at Laldighi Maidan on October 25 anyhow and we are fully ready for the same.’
‘We took permission in advance to use Laldighi Maidan for 3 days from October 25 to 27 for holding our party rallies. It’s our democratic right to hold rallies and the administration must play an impartial role to protect our democratic right,’ he added.
He alleged that without taking permission the ruling party is moving towards confrontration by announcing a programme of rally at the same venue at the same time.
He said that BNP would hold a peaceful rally at Laldighi Maidan, not on the road adjacent to it. ‘We are not going to create a law and order problem there,’ he said, suggesting that the ruling party can hold its rallies elsewhere in the city.
He warned of announcing tough protest programmes in case of any obstruction to holding rally at Laldighi Maidan on October 25.
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