People started moving towards the capital from yesterday evening in response to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s call for joining the “March for Democracy” scheduled for December 29.
According to intelligence sources, a large number of leaders and activists of the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance has already begun heading towards the capital from different districts well ahead of the programme fearing that they might be intercepted on the way by the members of the Awami League-led-14 party alliance or the law enforcers on the eve of the showdown.
Many of them are expected to reach Dhaka in microbuses tomorrow undercover of bridal parties as a large number of wedding ceremonies is set to take place in the capital on that day, the sources said.
The opposition activists will stay in the houses of their relatives or friends instead of hotels or guesthouses to avoid law enforcers’ possible drive, the sources added.
Besides, many of them will stay in madrasas and mosques in the capital and its outskirts so that they may join the “March for Democracy” scheduled to be held in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, the sources added.
On Tuesday evening, Khaleda announced the programme titled ‘March for Democracy’, a new type of public showdown, calling upon people from all walks of life to march towards Dhaka carrying the national flag to press home the long pending demands for having an election under a non-party neutral administration.