BNP has postponed its scheduled rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on February 8 due to the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair.
Instead of the public rally, the party will now hold a protest rally at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on the same day, marking the 1st anniversary of jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.
“We had earlier announced to hold a rally at Suhrwardy Udyan on February 8 demanding the release of our chairperson Khaleda Zia and our arrested other party leaders and activists. We’ve postponed it due to the Book Fair,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Monday at a press conference at the party’s Nayaplatan central office.
Also, different units of the party will hold similar programmes across the country the following day.
Earlier on January 29, the party announced to hold the public rally in the city.
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda Zia, also a former prime minister, was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail after her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.