News agency UNB adds: Anwar Hossain Sona, joint secretary of the Khulna District Bus, Minibus, Coach Owners’ Association, said, “There is a possibility of chaos at the BNP rally. So, no public transport will either leave or enter the city for 24 hours from 6:00pm on Friday.”

Mahanagar BNP president Nazrul Islam Monju has flayed the decision. “It’s undemocratic. Stopping public transport can’t prevent us from holding our assembly.”

On 27 February, BNP is slated to hold its divisional assembly in Khulna led by former mayoral candidates in six cities of the country, in demand for free and fair civic elections and Begum Khaleda Zia’s release.

BNP vice-chairman barrister Shahjahan Omar Bir Uttam will address the assembly as the chief guest. BNP senior vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu, vice chairman Nitai Roy Chowdhury and joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal will attend the programme as special guests.

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