BNP to hold rally on January 5 to mark ‘democracy killing day’

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Dhaka, Jan 2: BNP will hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on January 5 to mark the second anniversary of January 5 general elections, BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Saturday.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to address the rally as the chief guest.

“Our party has decided to hold a rally on January 5 to mark the day as ‘democracy killing day.’ We have already sought permission to the government, police administration and park authority,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters at a press conference held at the party’s Nayapaltan office in the city.

He hoped that the government will extend their cooperation to move the democracy in its proper way.

January 5 election in 2014 was farcical and the elections were held without most of the political parties, BNP acting secretary general said.

“The democracy had killed in this day. The people of the country had failed to give their mandate through elections,” Alamgir said, adding that 5 per cent people didn’t go to the polling centres in January 5 elections.

BNP has already sent a letter to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) seeking permission to hold the rally.

The BNP observed the first anniversary of the January 5 election with violent programmes, including non-stop blockades and hartals, that left over 100 people killed and injured many others early this year.

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