Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has begun addressing the grand rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka. The prime minister started her speech around 4:35pm, reports our staff correspondent from the spot.
Awami League organised the grand rally to celebrate the landslide victory in the December 30 general election.
Top leaders of the party including Tofail Ahmed, Amir Hossain Amu and Obaildul Quader spoke at the rally while thousands of its leaders and activists from different part of the capital and its adjacent areas thronged the historic Suhrawardy Udyan to make the rally successful.
Hundreds of people with banners, pesters festoons and placards portrait with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were seen marching towards the rally venue from around 10:00am.
In Shahbagh, roads in and around the area were experiencing heavy traffic jam as supporters were gathering for the rally with huge processions.
Meanwhile, a number of law enforcers from different law enforcement agencies were deployed in the and around the rally venue avert any untoward incident.
GUIDELINES DETAILED BY DMP
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has put in place elaborate traffic guidelines to ensure smooth flow of vehicles during Awami Leagues election victory celebration rally today.
People coming from Gabtoli via Mirpur Road-Science Lab-New Market will have to get off at Nilkhet and move towards the venue on foot. Their buses will be parked at Mall Chattar of Dhaka University and by both sides of the Nilkhet-Palashi road.
People coming from Uttara via Airport Road-Mohakhali-Moghbazar-Kakrail Church-Rajmoni crossing-Nightingale-Paltan-Zero Point or via Khilkhet flyover-Badda-Gulshan-Rampura Road-Mouchak flyover-Malibagh-Shantinagar-Rajmoni Crossing-Nightingale to Paltan-Zero Point will have to get off at Paltan-Zero Point and move towards venue on foot via Doyel Chattar. They will park their buses in Motijheel area.
People coming from eastern regions via Jatrabari and southern regions via Postogola and under the Mayor Hanif flyover will have to get off at Gulistan and go to the venue on foot via Zero Point-Doyel Chattar. They will park their buses in Motijheel/Gulistan.
Those taking Mayor Hanif flyover will disembark in Chankharpul and move towards the venue on foot via Doyel Chattar. Their buses will be parked on the Gymnasium field of DU.
People coming via Babubazar bridge will get off at Golap Shah Mazar and walk to the venue via High Court-Doyel Chattar.
They will park their buses in Gulistan area.
The road from Shahbagh to Matsya Bhaban will be off-limits to general people and traffic will be regulated around Suhrawardy Udyan.
Diversions may be implemented for the movement of prime minister and other dignitaries from the morning till the end of the programme at various intersections like Banglamotor, Shahbagh, Katabon, Nilkhet, Palashi, and some others.