|Published : 13 Apr 2017, 22:40:13 | Updated : 13 Apr 2017, 22:41:44|
AL cancels Pahela Baishakh procession
After opposing Islamists’ demand for scrapping Bangla New Year celebrations, the Awami League has cancelled its own procession to mark the Pahela Baishakh, citing public sufferings as the reason.
The ruling party took the decision at a meeting of its Working Committee chaired by Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina at the Ganabhaban on Wednesday.
In reply to queries about the matter at a press conference on Thursday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said: “We have cancelled the Pahela Baishakh procession taking into account public sufferings."
After the UNESCO put one of the main events of the Pahela Baishakh celebration, a procession called 'Mangal Shobhajatra', on the List of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ last year, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor in February announced a plan to spread the programme across the country.
But some radical Islamist organisations called for the government to cancel the plan, branding such celebrations as conflicting with Islam.
With these in the backdrop, Quader was asked for more explanation on cancelling the party procession.
"In the past, the Dhaka city Awami League procession continued from Bahadur Shah Park to Bangabandhu Avenue. This time we have thought that such programmes cause public sufferings. We have been against any procession for a long time," he said.
AL leaders will celebrate the Pahela Baishakh with the prime minister at the Ganabhaban. source – bdnews24.com