BNP rescheduling 32 rallies due to Covid surge
The BNP has decided to reschedule its 32 rallies in different districts due to a sharp rise in Covid infection rate.
"We earlier said the restriction [on public rallies in open spaces] imposed by the government is illogical and ineffective," said BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan .
"Even then, we've decided to reschedule our rallies, taking into account the public interest," he added.
The BNP leader was speaking at a press conference at the party chief's Gulshan office yesterday.
The rallies were scheduled to be held in six days on January 8, 12, 15, 17, 22 and 24 to mount pressure on the government to allow ailing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to go abroad for better treatment.
Replying to a question, Nazrul said they did not postpone their rallies as they have only rescheduled those.
The fresh dates for the rallies in 32 districts will be announced later.
Amid the spike in Covid cases due to the transmission of the Omicron variant, the government imposed fresh restrictions on public gatherings, social programmes, political and religious events, which came into effect on Thursday.
BNP leader Nazrul, however, said, "The main purpose of the restrictions is to obstruct our programmes of the ongoing movement as the government has failed to thwart those by imposing section 144."