The ruling Awami League on Tuesday announced a series of programmes for 12 days in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh and claimed that the programmes were not for countering the 15-day street programmes of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif announced the programmes between September 23 and October 4 at a press conference at the prime minister’s political office at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
The AL leader made the announcement after holding a closed-door meeting between the top AL leaders and the AL and its associated bodies on Tuesday, a day after the BNP announced their 15-day street programme to oust the government and holding a free and fair election under a neutral government.
According to the AL announced programmes, AL Dhaka North City and Dhaka South City units will hold a rally at the south gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital on September 23 at 2:30pm.
The AL Dhaka North City unit will hold a rally in the capital’s Uttara and the South City Unit will hold a rally at Jatrabari at 2:30pm on September 25.
On September 25, AL Gazipur City unit will hold rally at Tongi and Dhaka North City unit will hold rally at Kafrul at 2:30pm.
The AL will hold prayer session at its central party’s office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on September 28 after Asr prayer marking Eid-e-Miladunnabi, said the AL joint secretary Hanif.
On September 29, the Bangladesh Awami League will hold a discussion programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at 3:00pm marking the Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s 77th birthday on September 28.
‘AL will celebrate the prime minister’s birthday on September 29 as her birthday coincides with the Eid-e-Miladunnabi. The birthday will be celebrated arranging diverse programmes across the country on the day,’ said Hanif.
Bangladesh Krishak League will hold a farmers rally at the south gate of Baitul Mukarram mosque at 2:30pm on September 30.
Bangladesh AL will hold rally for the Chattogram district in its Mirsarai area on October 4.
Asked about whether their series programmes announced to counter BNP, Hanif said, ‘We have not announced programmes countering the BNP. It is our routine work before the upcoming general election.’
He, however, wanted to know whether events of Eid-e-Miladunnabi and the prime minister’s birthday would also be considered as counter programmes.