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BNP reserves all community centers in Sylhet ahead of divisional rally

TBS report

November 15, 2022, 3:35 p.m.

Last modification: November 15, 2022, 3:59 PM

BNP rally in Faridpur. Photo: TBS

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BNP rally in Faridpur. Photo: TBS

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has booked most of the community centers in Sylhet for the night of Nov. 18 ahead of the divisional rally to be held the next day, according to multiple sources.

Fearing transport strikes like all previous BNP divisional rallies, party leaders and activists plan to reach Sylhet a day before the rally and stay in community centers.

When a resident of the Kadamtali region, Tayef Ahmed, went to book a community center for his pre-wedding rituals (holud) on the evening of November 18, he found that they were all booked.

He said: “As I couldn’t find any community center to book on November 18, so I will hold my ceremony in a restaurant.”

After visiting at least eight community centers in Sylhet, including Agra, Malancha, Nure Ala and Sajid Ali, this reporter discovered that they had all been booked for the night of November 18 on behalf of the BNP central executive committee member and Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation Ariful Haque Choudhury.

Mayor Ariful is also the organizer of the housing management committee for the divisional rally to be held on November 19.

BNP leaders said that if the situation is normal, leaders and activists from the department will come to Sylhet on the morning of the rally.

However, as transport strikes were called two days before the rally in other divisions, alternative arrangements are being made on the assumption that this may also happen in Sylhet.

In this case, the BNP leaders will come to Sylhet earlier. They will remain in community centers across the city.

A BNP official from Sylhet district said on condition of anonymity that at least 25 community centers in the town have been booked for the night of November 18-18 on behalf of Mayor Ariful Haque Choudhury. Housing and food are provided for the workers.

Apart from this, arrangements are made for the worker-supporters to spend the night in the open fields of the city.

Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury could not be reached for comment.

Sylhet District BNP Chairman Abdul Qayyum Chowdhury said the government had called strikes in all divisions where the BNP had held divisional rallies so far.

“We fear that this will also happen in Sylhet, so we have already prepared various alternative arrangements,” he added.