A writ petition has been filed seeking a High Court order to make it mandatory for all political parties and citizens to observe eight national days, including Independence Day and Martyrs Intellectuals Day.
In the petition, the High Court’s directives were also sought for cancellation of the registration of political parties who do not observe the national days.
Lawyers M Mozammel Haque and Md Shahidul Islam filed the writ petition on Thursday.
They also sought the courts directives postponing the next general election until the writ petition is disposed of.
A High Court bench of Justice Kazi Reza-ul Haque and Justice Mohammad Ullah heard the writ petition around 1pm on Thursday.
After partial hearing on the writ petition, the court set Monday for the next hearing.
In the writ petition, M Mozammel Haque said he had sought a High Court directive to make it mandatory to observe the eight national days, including March 26 as Independence Day, December 14 as Martyrs Intellectuals Day, January 10 as Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day, August 15 as National Mourning Day, November 3 as Jail Killing Day, for all political parties and citizens.
Besides, the court order also sought accepting 'Joy Bangla' as a national slogan for all political parties and citizens.
Some 19 political parties, including Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party and their alliances and six government high-ups, including the cabinet secretary, law secretary and election commission, were made defendants in the writ petition.