Dhaka: Bangladesh on Sunday slapped a ban on political rallies for a month to maintain law and order in the wake of deadly protests by Islamists that left at least 28 people dead earlier in May 2013. "Some political parties have caused a law and order problem in the name of holding their programmes. Hence, no one would be allowed to hold any kind of rally for the next one month," Home Minister Mahiuddin Khan Alamgir said.
"We (however) admit that one has a right to hold rallies and public meetings, but we wave to impose the restriction in the interest of maintaining law and order," he said. Ruling Awami League general secretary and local government minister Syed Ashraful Islam, however, said the decision was taken for smoother relief operations as the country's southeastern coastlines were battered by a cyclone two days ago.
02:40 AM, May 20, 2013