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7 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Historic March 7 speech

AL to hold ‘biggest ever’ rally today

Abu Jakir
AL to hold ‘biggest ever’ rally today

The Awami League (AL) is planning to hold its biggest ever rally in the Suhrawardy Udyan today, marking historic 7th March, as part of its campaign for the next general election to be held by the end of the year. The party wants to showcase its organisational strength ahead of the next polls through the rally and is keen to ensure the participation of tens of thousands of party leaders and workers as well as common people. The AL has held a series of extended meetings with its associate bodies and like-minded organisations to make today’s 7 rally a success. Party leaders and workers have been working tirelessly to that end. As part of their preparation, central leaders have been distributing leaflets among city residents from March 1.

Last week, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader held a joint meeting with party lawmakers, party unit presidents, secretaries of Dhaka and its adjacent districts, and leaders and workers of different associate bodies to ensure the rally’s success.

Besides, the party’s grassroots leaders and workers have also been asked to join the rally. The party wants to observe March 7 on a grander scale, as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman’s historic speech delivered on this day in 1971 has been included in the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO, which lists the world’s important documentary heritage.

Party insiders say transport workers of Dhaka city will take part in the rally in large numbers to ensure its success. Some 15,000–16,000 workers are expected to join from the rally from the city’s six bus terminals—Gulistan, Saidabad, Phulbaria, Mohakhali, Gabtoli and Mirpur—under the banner of the Dhaka Road Transport Owners’ and Workers’ Unity Council.

Obaidul Quader said they have taken every initiative to make the rally a success. He also said they want to set a record by mobilising the highest number of leaders and workers as well as common people in the rally.

AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim said: “We want to ensure a huge gathering on the rally day so that our opponents are shaken and realise that the country’s people are with the Sheikh Hasina government.”

AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said they are preparing to turn the rally into a human sea. “We’ve a plan to gather tens of thousands of people from the city and adjacent districts to make the rally a success. We’ve already asked the leaders and workers of all thanas and wards of Dhaka for spontaneous participation,” he added.

AL president Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the rally as the chief guest and will address the gathering on the country’s latest political developments. The rally will begin at 2:30pm.

Before the chief guest’s address, prominent singers will present patriotic songs. A Class-IV student will deliver Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 speech at the rally.

Besides, prominent writer and poet Russell Ashequi will recite his poem on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic speech. The poem is titled ‘Ekti Vashon Ekti Desh’.

The occasion  will also be observed in each district, upazila and union across the country.

AL deputy office secretary Biplob Barua yesterday told The Independent that party leaders and workers throughout the country have been directed to elaborately hold programmes on that day.

He also said each district, upazila and union will be illuminated and Bangabandhu’s speech would be played across the country on that day. The entire country will be decked up with banners and festoons bearing the portraits of Bangabandhu and Sheikh Hasina, he added.

Meanwhile, commuters in Dhaka city are likely to face considerable difficulties because of the rally, as the ruling party plans to mobilise a large gathering and there could be an acute shortage of public transport with several thousand transport workers expected to join the rally. Every time such events are held, city dwellers face traffic congestion and traffic jams.

Earlier, Obaidul Quader had said that no rallies or processions would be allowed anywhere in the city on working days. He had also promised that the AL would choose holidays to hold such programmes. But it now seems that the AL general secretary has failed to keep his promise.

On Sunday, at a meeting with Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon, leaders of the Transport Owners’ and Workers’ Association promised to take an “active” part in the rally. So, city dwellers are likely to find it hard to get public transport today.



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