The BNP has moved up its road march in the capital city by a day, deciding to organise the programme on February 17 instead of February 18 ‘due to unavoidable reasons’.
BNP acting office secretary Syed Imran Saleh announced the decision of the party at a press conference at its Nayapaltan central office on Tuesday, according to UNB.
He, however, said the date for staging a similar programme in all other metropolitan cities—Chattogram, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barishal, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Rangpur, Cumilla, Faridpur, Narayanganj and Gazipur-- remains February 18 as per the previous announcement of the party.
“Our party earlier announced to organise marches in all metropolitan cities on February 18 (Saturday). The date of the programme in the capital has been rescheduled for some unavoidable reasons,” Prince said.
As per the changed schedule, he said BNP’s Dhaka south and north city units will march on February 17 (Friday) separately at 2:30 pm.
Prince called upon the leaders, activists and supporters of BNP and its associate bodies in all thanas and wards under the metropolitan cities to take full preparation for making their march programme a success with their spontaneous participation and thus intensify the movement for realsing the party’s 10-point demand and protesting the public suffering.
Earlier on Sunday last, BNP Standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain announced that their party leaders and activists will march in all metropolitan cities, including the capital, on February 18 (Saturday) to press home their 10-point demand, including the resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament and holding the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.
He made the announcement while launching BNP Dhaka north city unit’s road march towards the capital's Bosila from Shyamoli.
The fresh programme is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the unbridled price hikes in power and gas, and all daily essentials, including rice, lentils, oil, flour and salt and the government’s repressive acts.
BNP’s like-minded parties and alliances that have been carrying out the simultaneous movement will observe a similar programme in all cities as per the changed date.
Earlier, leaders and activists of the party’s Dhaka north and south city units observed the march programme on January 28, 31, 30 and February 1, respectively, to push for their 10-point demand.
The party also organised a march programme in all unions across the country on Saturday last amid the allegations of attacks and obstruction by the ruling party activists and law enforcers.