Khulna: The BNP-led 18-party alliance will organize a public rally here this afternoon to mobilize public support in favour of the opposition’s demand for arranging the next polls under a non-party administration.
BNP chairperson and former premier Khaleda Zia will address the rally to be held at the city’s Circuit House ground.
Meanwhile, BNP’s Khunla city unit has completed all the preparations to make the public rally of the alliance a success.
The roads and islands in city have been decorated with arches and portraits of Ziaur Rahman, Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman. Placards, posters, banners and portraits of the party aspirants for the next general election in the district have also been hung along the roads.
A good number of arches have also been erected along the ways on Khaleda’s route to Khulna from the capital.
Earlier, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia left for Jessore on Saturday afternoon. She started her journey for Jessore from her Gulshan residence around 4:40pm. Senior party leaders are accompanying her.
The party leaders and activists, standing on two sides of the road from capital’s Agargaon to Dhaka-Aricha Highway, carrying colourful placards and banners, greeted the party chief and chanted various slogans.
The gathering of the opposition leaders and activists on the busy highway created a heavy traffic jam.
Khaleda is scheduled to stay overnight at Jessore Circuit House on Saturday and start for Khulna on Sunday noon.
This will be the fourth out of eight 18-party rallies to be arranged in eight regions of the country to increase people’s involvement in their ongoing anti-government campaign to force the government to restore now-abolished caretaker government system to oversee the polls.
Earlier, the BNP chief addressed rallies in Narsingdi on September 8 while Rangpur on September 15 and Rajshahi on September 16.
After Khulna, Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, will address a rally in Sylhet on October 5.
Earlier, the Khulna rally was scheduled to be held on September 22.
The rally was rescheduled for September 29 due to bad condition of its venue, the Khulna Circuit House ground.
Khaleda’s Barisal rally scheduled for September 29 was postponed and the fresh date for it will be announced later.
She will also address rallies in Dhaka and Chittagong after Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims.