No rally, public meeting for a month: MKA

Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Sunday said no political party will be allowed to hold any rally and public meeting for the next one month to maintain law and order and prevent subversive acts.
“Some political parties have caused a law and order problem in the name of holding their programmes. Hence, no one would be allowed to hold any kind of rally for the next one month,” said the minister.
The minister cam up with the government decision while inaugurating newly set up Jorarganj Police Station in Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong at noon.
He, however, did not clarify whether the ban will be enforced in Dhaka city or across the country and when it will come into effect.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters after inaugurating the building of Titash Police Station in Comilla in the afternoon, Alamgir said BNP, Jamaat and some fundamentalist political parties are abusing government permissions for holding political programmes by resorting to violence and hampering public security.
“No one will be allowed to carry out destructive activities in Dhaka as long as they (opposition) refrain from damaging and public life, property and security,” the minister added.
Earlier, replying to a question why a democratic party like BNP is not allowed to hold its rallies, Alamgir in Mirsarai said those who vandalise vehicles, resort to arson attacks, torch shops and business houses, attack holy mosques and burn the copies of the Holy Quran in the name of meetings and rallies they will not be allowed to stage rallies.”
“We admit that there is a right to hold rallies and public meetings, but we’ve taken the decision of restriction in the interest of maintaining law and order,” he added.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s dialogue offer for breaking the ongoing political standoff, the Home Minister hoped the opposition will join the ensuing budget session of parliament and express their opinions about the dialogue.
Alamgir said: “The opposition will play their due role in taking the country towards a meaningful national election.”
Industries Minister Dilip Barua, Mosharraf Hossain, MP, and DIG of Chittagong range police Nausher Ali were, among others, present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the 14-party alliance Dhaka city unit postponed its rally, which was scheduled to be held at Mohammadpur in the capital at 3pm today (Sunday).
“We’ve postponed the programme following the Home Minister’s announcement,” general secretary of Awami League Mohammadpur thana unit Habibur Rahman Mizan told UNB. (Source: UNB)

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