As part of BNP’s four-day programme, its leaders and activists on Saturday marched from Badda to Malibagh in the capital to press home their 10-point demand, including holding the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir formally inaugurated the programme arranged by the party’s Dhaka North City unit around 2:30 pm in front of Badda’s Suvastu Nazar Valley market.
Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the programme, carrying banners, national and party flags, festoons and portraits of the party's top leaders.
They peacefully concluded the programme around 4pm at Malibagh after parading over a four-kilometre stretch of the road.
In a brief address before the start of the programme, Fakhrul asked the party leaders and activists to march peacefully without responding to any provocation. "We've so far held our all programmes peacefully and we'll ensure their (govt's) fall through the peaceful agitations."
Sating their march programme as a silent protest against the government, he said they will force the government to quit together with the people.
The leaders and workers of BNP and its different associate bodies were seen thronging different areas of Badda since noon to join the programme.
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BNP’s Dhaka north city unit convener Amanullah Aman and member secretary Aminul Haque repeatedly asked the party workers to keep the traffic normal. But the procession caused serious traffic jams on the one of the busiest roads of the capital, causing public suffering.
Many commuters were seen walking to their destinations due to long tailbacks.
A huge number of law enforcers were deployed from Badda to Malibagh areas to maintain law and order and fend off any untoward incidents.
Earlier on Thursday, BNP announced the four-day march programme in the capital for January 28, 30, 31 and February 1.
Dhaka North City unit BNP will also march from Gabtoli to Mirpur-10 intersection on January 31.
Besides, Dhaka South City unit BNP will march from Jatrabari to Shyampur on January 30 and from Mugda to Malibagh on February 1.
Source: United News of Bangladesh