'BNP got rally permission as AL is democratic'
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the government once again demonstrated how much democratic it is through allowing BNP to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.

"BNP sought permission for the rally... they couldn't hold any rally without any chaos in recent times. We're confused to give them permission as we fear chaos. We always want to give the party permission as they have the right to hold meetings as a registered political party," he said.

Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the comment while talking to reporters at Noor Hossain Chattar in the capital's Zero Point after paying homage to pro-democracy activist Noor Hossain who embraced martyrdom on the day during the anti-Ershad movement in the late 80s.

Different socio-political organisations chalked out elaborate programmes to mark 'The Shaheed Noor Hossain Day.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi together with his party colleagues also paid tributes to Noor Hossain by placing wreath at the Noor Hossain Chattar.

Talking to reporters, he said holding a rally is a democratic right of a political party. "Why should we take permission for the rally and the government for it. It's our constitutional and basic human right."