BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said the government has barred party supporters from joining the rally in Dhaka.
The BNP chief made the comments after she addressed the rally at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday.
This is her first public address in one and a half years.
Khaleda Zia demanded deployment of army personnel with magistracy powers during the next national election while addressing the rally.
She also called for a national unity to bring qualitative changes in politics.
Khaleda Zia also urged the Chief Election Commissioner not to use the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) during the polls.
She alleged that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was barred from returning to the country as he spoke the truth.
The BNP rally formally began with the participation of huge party leaders and activists around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran. Khaleda Zia reached the venue 1.5 hours later.
BNP’s rally was supposed to commemorate November 7, which the party observes as ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’.
However, party’s General Secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam confirmed that the party would address other political issues in the rally as well.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the media on Saturday Khaleda would convey an ‘important message’ through her speech.
“Commemorating ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’ is not the only goal of the rally, we will also address the continued movement to return democracy to the people,” Fakhrul had said.