As part of its intensified anti-government movement, the BNP-led 18-party alliance on Wednesday brought out a massive rally in the city.
Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP its associate bodies and the partners of the alliance, including Jamaat, joined the showdown apparently to draw the government’s attention to meet their demand for restoration of the caretaker government.
The processionists paraded the main thoroughfares from Nayapaltan area through Kakrail, Mouchak to Moghbazar intersection.
The alliance also staged mass rallies in all the divisional cities and district towns today, protesting filing of ‘false’ cases against its leaders and activists, and attacks and repression on them, the arrest of the alliance activists, and attacks on their peaceful action programmes by police and the ruling party ‘cadres’ in different parts of the country.
In the capital, the activists of the alliance in small processions thronged in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office from noon.
The rally, led by BNP Dhaka city unit convener Sadeque Hossain Khoka, started from there around 4:15pm and peacefully ended at Moghbazar intersection after about an hour.
The opposition activists paraded the streets with banners, festoons, placards and portraits of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.
Huge law enforces were deployed in the areas to fend off any untoward incident.
However, traffic on major roads in parts of the city apparently came to a standstill from 4pm, causing immense sufferings to the commuters during the rush hour.
The worst-affected areas were Paltan, Kakrail, and Shantinagar, Mouchak, National Press Club, Matshya Bhaban, Shahbagh, Bangla Motor, Kantaban, Elephant Road, Gulistan and Motijheel.
BNP standing committee members Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, and Nazrul Islam, and top leaders of the 18-party alliance also took part in the rally.
In a brief address prior to the rally, Moudud said they will force the government to reinstate the caretaker government through their peaceful action programmes together with people.
“No election will be held under the party government led by the current Prime Minister. The government will be forced to meet our demand for restoration of the caretaker government in the face of movement,” he told his audience.
Moudud said the government has miserably failed to run the country in the last four years. “The failures of the government will ensure its fall. We’ll oust them through our peaceful movement.”
He urged the alliance activists to continue their peaceful action programme until the government bow out meeting their demand.