Thursday, 23 March, 2023

BNP’s 3rd march from Gabtoli to Mirpur begins

The leaders and activists of BNP’s Dhaka North City unit  have started marching towards the capital's Mirpur from Gabtoli to press home their 10-point demand,  including holding the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.

BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain formally inaugurated the programme at Gabtoli SA Khalekque Paribahan Maidan around 3:20 pm on Tuesday.

It is the third such programme of BNP as the party’s Dhaka North City unit marched from Badda to Malibagh al on Saturday and the Dhaka South City unit marched from Jatrabari to Jurine on Monday.

In a brief address prior to launching the march, Mosharraf said whenever BNP announces any programmes, the ‘usurper’ government try to mislead people by talking about violence. “But BNP held 10 rallies peacefully braving various obstacles.  We also held many other programmes peacefully. The fact is that the government gets scared of losing power whenever BNP comes up with any programme.”

He said the government has ruined the country’s economy by indulging in widespread plundering and siphoning off huge money abroad, creating a famine-like situation in the country.

The BNP leader said people have taken to the streets to ensure the fall of the current government. “The sooner this regime goes the better for the country.”

He asked the party leaders and activists to hold the programme peacefully as they did all other previous programmes to prove once again BNP does not resort to violence and chaos.

Another BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said people are going through a very tough time due to unusual price hikes in all essential items.

He said the government is also raising the prices of utility services as it has taken a stance against the country’s people. “There’s no alternative to ousting this regime to save the country, and its people and restore democracy and people’s rights.”

The BNP leader said Awami League’s history is killing democracy or supporting those who obstructed democracy while BNP repeatedly restored democracy. “We need to restore it once again together with people through a movement.”

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.

A huge number of law enforcers have been deployed in the area 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.

The programme will be concluded with the Dhaka South City unit’s march from Mugda to Malibagh on Wednesday.