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AL to stage countrywide demos today


Published : 16 Aug 2022 09:05 PM

The ruling Awami League is going to stage a countrywide demonstration programme today (Wednesday) in protest against the nationwide series of bomb attacks during the past BNP-Jammat led four-party alliance government in 2005.

Sources said with this programme, the ruling party is going to counter the movement by the opposition parties on the political field through various democratic programmes.

A press release issued on Tuesday by the Awami League said that the demonstration programmes will be staged protests against terrorism and anarchy unleashed by BNP and its allies through propaganda and rumor.

Instructions have been given to all the ruling party's district, city, upazila, thana, municipalities and union level leaders to participate in the programme, said the statement released by Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

It should be mentioned that on August 17 in 2005, a series of simultaneous bomb blasts took place at more than 500 spots across the country during the BNP-Jammat alliance government. The ruling Awami League is continuously being observed and protesting the heinous series of bomb attack since then.

Two persons were killed and over 50 other people sustained wounds in the series attacks carried out by the Islamist banned outfit JMB. 

Different socio-cultural organisations and political parties will also observe the 17th anniversary of the serial blasts in a befitting manner with a renewed call to stamp out militancy from the country. 

Police said 159 cases were lodged in different parts of the country over the blasts. Trial in 94 cases has already been completed in which 334 people were sentenced with different jail terms while trial in 55 cases against 386 JMB operatives were under trial, the sources said. 

Sources said, the ruling party decided to become active in the political field when BNP and some other political parties launched various protest programmes against the government demanding the resignation of the government and formation of a non-partisan caretaker government. 

Earlier on August 8, Obaidul Quader said that they did not lease the political field to anybody or any party.  

“We had been on the streets and still so. We want to face all of them on the streets through democratic way and politically”, he told journalists while he had been asked about ongoing movement by BNP and some other opposition parties.

Meanwhile, Tofail Ahmed, one of the members of the Awami League’s Advisory Council, on Thursday urged the partymen from the central committee to the union level to become organised heading the upcoming general elections scheduled to be held in 2023.

Tofail Ahmed came up with the call while speaking at a view exchange meeting held at his own district Bhola district. The meeting was held in presence of the leaders of all the units of the Awami League and its associate bodies in the district.