AL vows to resist Dhaka march

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The ruling Awami League has vowed to resist the Dhaka March programme of the opposition alliance slated for December 29 and asked its leaders and activists to remain alert to prevent any attempt to create anarchy in the name of the programme.
In a statement issued yesterday, AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam urged “all pro-liberation forces to resist the programme called by an evil anti-liberation force.”
“The quislings of the Pakistan army during the Liberation War are conspiring to slander our national flag in the month of victory. They actually want to insult our flag in the name of flag procession,” Ashraf said in the statement.
Earlier on Tuesday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, also the chief of the 18-party opposition combine, announced the programme and asked all the “able” people of the country to march to Dhaka on December 29 carrying the national flag in a bid to resist the parliamentary polls scheduled for January 5.
Meanwhile, the Dhaka city unit AL leaders said, they would resist the programme “by all means.”
At an extended meeting of the party’s city unit at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday, AL’s city unit General Secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said they would “sacrifice their blood,” if required, to resist the programme.
Also present at the meeting, AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim said, the government could not leave the safety of the people in the hands of the opposition.
“The government once made a mistake by allowing them to hold a rally in the capital on May 5. We cannot make the same mistake again,” Nasim said.
Meanwhile, Awami League is likely to release its election manifesto for the 10th parliamentary polls tomorrow.
Party sources said, Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina would   unveil the manifesto at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at  3:00pm.
The polls pledges this time might be titled “Bangladesh is moving forward”, party sources told The Daily Star.
The party’s manifesto for the 9th parliamentary polls was titled “Charter for Change”.