Dhaka, November 01: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is confident about holding a rally in Dhaka to mark the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7’ despite a ruling party leader’s threat to prevent all events planned for observing the day.
Party chairperson Khaleda Zia will attend the rally.
“November 7 is the day when democracy was restored in the country. The day will be observed. I am saying, on behalf of the BNP, that if Mr Hanif stops us, we will move forward with olive branches,” senior BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said on Tuesday.
The BNP observes ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’ on Nov 7 every year while the Awami League describes the day as one that marked the ‘Day of Massacre of Freedom Fighters.’
BNP-founder Ziaur Rahman became the army chief after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975.
Within months, he was put under house arrest following a coup led by Maj Gen Khaled Mosharraf, who was a sector commander during the War of Liberation in 1971.
However, Zia was freed within four days in a counter-coup led by another sector commander Col Abu Taher on Nov 7, 1975, and assumed power by declaring himself the chief martial law administrator, the first in the country’s history.
The BNP has announced it would hold a rally on that day at the Suhrawardy Udyan and said it has sought necessary permission from the administration and police.
On Monday, senior Awami League Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif said that those who were behind Bangabandhu’s assassination observe Nov 7 as a day of revolution to cover up the Nov 3, 1975, killing of the four national leaders.
“They will be prevented,” said Hanif, a joint general secretary of the ruling party.
Referring to his statement, Rizvi said on Tuesday that they ‘strongly believe’ that the government will allow them to hold the rally.
“I also believe Mr. Hanif’s statement reflects his personal opinion, not his party’s,” he added.