Khaleda to hold rally at any cost, ‘take to streets’ Jan 5

Dhaka, Political Reporter (Md. Kamruzzaman):

Besieged at her Gulshan political office, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday expressed her firm stance about taking to the streets on Monday to mark the day as ‘Democracy Killing Day’.

Leaders of different pro-BNP professional bodies, including teachers, journalists, lawyers and former bureaucrats said this to journalists after meeting Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office.

“I said I don’t obey to any order of this illegal government. I surely will come out from here and take to the streets,” former president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Ruhul Amin Gazi quoted Khaleda as telling them when they met her.

Though the law enforcers did not allow anybody, even former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, to meet Khaleda Zia since morning, they changed their stance after 2pm and allowed leaders of different professional bodies to meet Khaleda.

A delegation of pro-BNP journalist body led by Ruhul Amin Gazi met Khaleda around 2pm.

The delegation included Shawkat Mahmud, MA Aziz, Abdul Hye Shikdar, Jahangir Alam Prodhan, Quader Gani Chowdhury and Elias Khan.

Talking to reporters, Gazi said the BNP chairperson urged the people of all walks of life to observe their programme on Monday, marking the ‘Democracy Killing Day’.

“You all become vocal against this illegal government and take to the streets to mark the Democracy Killing Day,” he quoted further Khaleda as saying.

Asked where the BNP-rally will be held tomorrow (Monday), Gazi said, “The BNP policymakers will take the decision about it later.

Amid the government’s ban on holding any public rallies or gatherings in the city, BNP on Sunday announced to stage demonstrations across the country, including the capital city, on Monday protesting the confinement of Khaleda to her office.

BNP joint secretary general Salauddin Ahmed told UNB that their demonstration programme is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the arrest of ailing BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Salauddin asked the party leaders and activists to make their programmes a success with their spontaneous presence on the streets defying all obstacles and the repressive acts of the government.

He also asked the leaders and activists of 20-party alliance to stage their scheduled rally and black flag processions in the city and all over the country under any circumstances on Monday marking January 5 as a ‘Democracy Killing Day’.

Police confined BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to her Gulshan political office around 11:30pm on Saturday, forcing her to spend overnight there.

Several vehicles have been kept at different locations around the office, restricting movement of any type of vehicle.

Source: BD Chronicle