(BNP Communication) —  The BNP brought out an Independence Day rally in the city on Sunday marking the 47th Independence and National day.

The rally was organized by the party after a five-year gap and this was also the first street program of the party in the capital this year.

Thousands of leaders and activists holding banners, festoons and placards thronged Fakirerpool to Kakrail crossing since noon.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated the rally around 3:15 pm in front of the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.

The rally also ended at Nayapaltan after parading Kakrail and Shantinagar roads.

The BNP’s last rally was brought out on Independence Day in 2012.

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BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the crowd that the country’s independence and sovereignty is now at stake while democracy, people’s voting rights, freedom of expression and other rights have been snatched.

The BNP leader made these comments in his brief speech prior to inaugurating the rally Sunday afternoon.

“We want to restore democracy and all the people’s rights. That’s why we all must get united under the leadership of Khaleda Zia to strengthen the movement for restoration of democracy,” he added.

About the next election, the BNP leader called upon the government to create a congenial atmosphere for holding the election in a credible and neutral manner through talks.

“We think people’s hopes and aspirations can be reflected through a free, fair and impartial election. An election-time supportive government is crucial for this,” he observed.

Turning to the militancy issue, Mirza Alamgir said the country’s people will get united to eliminate militancy if the government allows democracy to flourish and if it does not use the issue (of militancy) for making its political gains.

“We believe the people of Bangladesh will never pamper militancy, bow down to unfairness and compromise with the issue of the country’s independence and sovereignty,” he added.

BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Mirza Abbas, and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also spoke at the rally.