To fulfill their unified demand for the resignation of the government and the transfer of power to an impartial administration during an election, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and other opposition parties are planning to organize large-scale processions today in Dhaka and other major towns.
The BNP will hold road marches in the offices of its 12 organizational divisions, calling for the resignation of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s administration and the transfer of power to a neutral government so that the upcoming general election can be held. Around 40 political parties, including Ganatantra Mancha, will hold simultaneous mass processions in Dhaka city.
The BNP’s Dhaka city south and north sections will organize large-scale processions in Dhaka city at three o’clock.
The mass parade will begin at Dayaganj Crossing and terminate at Khilgaon Crossing through Kamlapur, according to BNP’s Dhaka City South Unit.
Before the commencement of the large parade, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will address the gathering.
BNP of Dhaka’s north city will lead a march that will begin at the DCC market area of Gulshan-2 and conclude at the Mohakhali bus terminal through Gulshan-1.
Before the large parade begins, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas will address the party supporters.
The BNP will also stage large-scale procession events outside of Dhaka in the cities of Gazipur, Narayanganj, Faridpur, Barishal, Khulna, Rajshahi, Cumilla, Chattogram, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, and Rangpur.
Ganatantra Mancha, the 12-party alliance, Jatiyatabadi Samamana Jote, the Liberal Democratic Party, the Gono Forum and the People’s Party jointly, the Rampura Gono Odhikar Parishad, the Nurul Haque Nur-led Gono Odhikar Parishad, the Purana Paltan Gono Odhikar Parishad, the Nation, and the BNP will all participate in the mass procession alongside BNP at 4.
The Amar Bangladesh party will also hold a mass procession in the city separately at Bijoy Nagar.
On Tuesday, the BNP announced a fresh four-day anti-government programme starting Wednesday to press home its demands for the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and the resignation of the Awami League government.
As part of the programme, the party organised prayers in all metropolitan cities, districts, and upazilas, seeking the recovery of Khaleda’s health on August 16.
On Thursday, the party’s leaders and activists distributed leaflets countrywide demanding Khaleda’s immediate release and proper treatment.
Road marches will also be organised in metropolitan cities and districts to put pressure on the government to accept the BNP’s demands on Saturday.
On July 12, BNP and the like-minded parties announced their one-point movement to realise their demands.
Their demands include the resignation of the current ‘fascist, authoritarian, people’s vote looter, and illegal’ Awami League government, dissolution of the existing parliament, formation of the poll-time impartial government; reconstitution of the Election Commission for arranging a free, fair, and inclusive election, the release of all political prisoners, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, withdrawal of all false and ghost cases, including those against Tarique Rahman, and annulment of all false convictions.
The BNP and other like-minded parties and coalitions launched a coordinated action in December with the aim of toppling the current administration and clearing the way for the staging of the next election with a non-party neutral administration.