As part of BNP’s four-day programme, its Dhaka North City unit has started a march from Shahjadpur 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 in front of Shahjadpur’s Hossain Market around 2:30 pm.
Sating their march programme as a silent protest against the government, he said they will force the government to quit together with the people.
Accusing the government of snatching people's voting rights, the BNP leader said they will restore the voting rights of people by ousting the Awami League government.
"No fair election will be held as long as Awami League is in power. So, the Awami League government must hand over power to a caretaker government by quitting power and dissolving parliament so that people can cast their votes under a new election commission," Fakhrul said.
Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the programme, carrying banners, festoons and portraits of the party's top leaders.
They are also chanting various slogans demanding the resignation of the government and the release of the party leaders and activists.
The BNP leaders and workers were seen thronging in and around the Hossain Market area since 1pm while the senior party leaders were repeatedly asking them to keep the traffic normal.
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.