The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday deferred its planned grand rally in Dhaka to Friday,

At a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, the party’s secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, said that they would now hold the grand rally on Friday at 2:00pm in front of the party’s Naya Paltan central office.

‘The metropolitan police authorities objected to holding a rally in Suhrawardy Udyan, citing the High Court’s objection and on the pretext of public suffering at Naya Paltan on the work day. However, in the past, there have been many instances of holding numerous rallies at Suhrawardy Udyan and in Naya Paltan on work days,’ Fakhrul said at the press conference.

He requested the party leaders and activists to join the rally on Friday.He alleged that the police were conducting raids on city hotels and houses to arrest BNP leaders and activists. Fakhrul also sought cooperation from the government institutions for their rally on Friday