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BNP rally held at Naya Paltan

  • Published at 05:09 pm September 1st, 2018
BNP rally in front of Naya Paltan, Dhaka
BNP holds a rally in front of their head office in Naya Paltan, Dhaka to mark the party's 40th founding anniversary, September 1, 2018 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Hundreds of party leaders and activists started gathering at the venue in small processions since noon. Law enforcers have been deployed in and around the rally venue

BNP has held a public rally to mark its 40th founding anniversary at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.

The rally formally began with a recitation from the Holy Quran at around 2pm.

Hundreds of party leaders and activists had started gathering at the venue in small processions since noon. Law enforcers have been deployed in and around the rally venue, reports UNB.

On Friday night, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) permitted the party to hold the rally with 23 conditions. 

One of the conditions is that the rally will have to be concluded by 5 pm.

Thousands gather in front of BNP's head office in Naya Paltan to celebrate the occasion of the party turning 40, September 1, 2018 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

On August 14, BNP announced that they would hold the public rally marking its 40th founding anniversary either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their Naya Paltan central office.

On September 1, 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman founded the party by pursuing leaders and activists from other parties with a 19-point program.

Associate bodies of the party  also celebrated the founding anniversary with separate programs.

The party flag was hoisted atop BNP's Nayapaltan central office and all other offices across the country at 6am.

Several hundred BNP leaders and activists, including Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, party Standing Committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, gathered at Ziaur Rahman's grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at around 10am and paid homage to the party founder by placing wreaths.

They also offered a munajat seeking eternal peace for Zia's departed soul.