‘Pakistanis started killing intellectuals from Dec 10, 1971; now BNP wants to occupy Dhaka on Dec 10’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said BNP does not want an election, rather it wants someone to take over after ousting the government — who would finally put the party in power. “They don’t want elections. They rather want something to come to power, ousting the government, which would install them in office — bringing them with ‘nagardola’ or ‘palki’. That is their expectation,” she said. The premier was addressing a huge public rally, arranged by Chattogram City Unit of Awami League at the Polo Ground in the port city. Sheikh Hasina, in her speech delivered from a 160ft boat-shaped stage, said BNP has two skills: vote-rigging and killing people. “They know if election is held, people would not vote for killers,” she said. Read more: PM inaugurates, lays foundation stones of 35 projects in Chattogram “They (BNP) don’t care about the people. If Awami League comes to power, we work for the people,” she added. Referring to the arson attacks unleashed in 2013-2015 by BNP, the PM said one day Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman will have to answer to the people as to why they burnt and killed so many. “People will take account of it one day,” she said. ‘December 10 a favourite date for BNP’ Sheikh Hasina, also AL president, criticised BNP for choosing December 10 as the date for their final divisional rally.
Port City prepares for PM’s first AL rally in 10 years amid tight security
Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) has taken strict security measures marking the ruling Awami League's upcoming rally in the Port City on December 4, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to be present as chief guest. Three layers of security will be established around the rally venue at Railway Polo Ground, CMP Commissioner Krishnapad Roy told reporters after visiting it on Tuesday. The CMP commissioner said, “We are on high alert marking the PM’s rally in the city.” Read more: DMP gives BNP 26 conditions for holding Dec 10 rally at Dhaka's Suhrawardy Udyan PM Hasina last addressed an AL rally in the Port City on March 28, 2012 at the same venue. Around 7,500 policemen will be deployed across the city. Among them, 6,000 members will be in charge of security in the entire Chattogram city including the polo ground. Another 1,500 policemen will be deployed outside the city to strengthen the security, he added. "We are keeping an eye on everything. So we can say that there is no news or fear of sabotage.” Meanwhile, the stage construction work is underway at the venue. The construction of the 160 feet long 'boat-shaped' stage started on November 15. Read more:PM instructed to move BCL council from Dec 8 to 6 to facilitate BNP’s Dhaka rally: Quader Awami League leaders are expecting that about 10 lakh people will join the rally. Awami League presidium member and former minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said, “In the last 14 years, the Prime Minister has made a lot of progress in Chattogram. People will spontaneously join the rally to express gratitude for this development.” The Polo Ground will become a human sea on December 4 due to the rally, hoped the veteran AL leader. Several initiatives have been taken by the City Corporation to welcome the Prime Minister in the city, said Chattogram City Corporation Mayor Rezaul Karim. The Police Commissioner said that the Special Security Force (SSF), which is responsible for the PM's security, is supervising the entire arrangement of the rally. As per their suggestion, there will be police in plain clothes along with uniformed police. Besides, there will be CCTV cameras and drones. In short, there will be maximum security throughout the city. Those who will come to the procession on the day of the rally, where to park their cars will be informed later, he added.
Section 144 imposed in Chapainawabganj ahead of AL rally
The Nachol upazila administration has imposed Section 144 to prevent any untoward incident as two factions of upazila Awami League planned rallies on Monday at the same venue. Nachol Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sharif Ahmed said the restriction will remain in force in Nachol Bus stand and adjacent areas from 7am to 7pm on Monday. Read: Chapainawabganj pourashava election postponed Selim Reza, officer-in-charge of Nachol Police Station, said the local administration resorted to the restriction to keep the law and order situation under control. Earlier, Nachol Upazila Awami League General Secretary and Nachol Upazila Parishad Chairman Abdul Quader called a rally at Nachol bus stand at 10 am on Monday. Besides,Municipality Awami League President and municipality Mayor Abdur Rashid Khan Jhalu also called a rally at the same venue.