Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will lead a road march towards Chittagong on Sunday to mobilize mass support for holding next general elections under non-party caretaker government.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will lead the march from in front of BNP central office at Nayapaltan in the capital Dhaka at 10:00 am.
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general, briefing newsmen on Saturday expressed the hope that 4,000 motor vehicles from the capital will join the caravan and another 2,000 will join on the way.
On her way, the BNP chairperson will address rallies at Noor Manikchar ground and Madhya Muktijoddha College ground of Chandina and Padua bazaar in Comilla Sunday.
According to the program schedule, Khaleda Zia will address a public meeting at polo ground of the port city on Monday afternoon to drum up support for the demand.
Leaders of the four-party alliance — BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami, Khelafat Majlish and BJP — and other like-minded parties including Islami Okiya Jote will join the road march.
Chittagong City Mayor M Manjur Alam will receive the BNP chief at the city gate. Khaleda will spend the night at the circuit house.
Meanwhile, the entire port city and different parts of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway have been decorated with arches, portraits of party bigwigs, banners, posters and placards to welcome the opposition leader, according to reports.
The BNP chairperson on September 27 last year had declared three road marches towards Sylhet, Rajshahi and Chittagong to drum up support for reincorporating the caretaker government provision in the constitution.
The Dhaka-Sylhet march was held on October 10 but the Chittagong one was postponed due to Eid and Hajj. The Rajshahi road march was later redirected to Chapainawabganj.
The BNP chairperson also led another road march towards Khulna on November 26 and 27.
The non-partisan caretaker government system was scrapped from the constitution through the 15th amendment in June last year.
BBN/SSR/AD-08Jan12-1:13 am (BST)