The historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital turned into a human sea on Saturday as people in their thousands thronged there to attend Awami League’s ‘victory rally’.
The ruling party organised the rally to celebrate its landslide victory in the 11th general election, in which the party bagged 257 parliamentary seats out of 299.The rally started around 2:30pm with Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Leaders and activists of different units of Awami League and its associated bodies from across the country started thronging Suhrawardy Udyan and its nearby areas since morning.
Awami League supporters from the adjacent districts of the capital gathered at areas near Dhaka University carrying party’s electoral symbol ‘boat’, banners, festoons.
They shouted slogans in favour of Awami League and its president Sheikh Hasina.
The participants carrying AL’s electoral symbol ‘boat’ waved the national and party flags. They also carried portraits of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina and others.
Many of them wore the same dresses and caps and bandana on their foreheads while many others carried banners, festoons and placards in both hands praising the incumbent government, Bangabandhu and the incumbent prime minister for their successes.Many supporters also wore exceptional dress to draw attention of people. A group led by Sheikh M Ilias came from Mirpur dressing up like a freedom fighter. Another man dressed like a ‘jute man’ to uphold country’s heritage.
Talking to the daily sun, Rangpur district AL publicity affairs secretary Rezaul Islam Milon said he along with dozens of leaders and activists came to Dhaka a day before Saturday’s victory rally.
“We will work as per the directives of the party president,” Milon said.
Education and human resource affairs secretary of Harirampur Thana Awami League in Manikganj Shahabuddin Ahmed Chanchal said he came to Dhaka for celebrate victory rally of the party.
“People, including Awami League leaders and activists, are spontaneously participating in the victory rally,” he said.
Mahbubur Rahman, an Awami League supporter who came from Gazipur, said he along with ten thousand people joined the rally to celebrate his party’s landslide victory in the national election.
Anticipating massive turnout, the law enforcers took tight security measures. Security personnel, including police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Detective Branch, took position near Shahbagh, Doel Chattar, Matshya Bhaban, TSC area and all entry points to the venue.
The rally began with a cultural programme, which featured singers Rafiqul Alam, Momtaz Begum, Fahmida Nabi, Fakir Shahabuddin, Salma Pathik Nabi and others.
Information minister and AL publicity affairs secretary Hasan Mahmud and AL deputy publicity affairs secretary Aminul Islam Amin conducted the programme.