Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday returned to Dhaka after completing her campaigning tour.
On her way to the capital, she held rallies in Faridpur, Rajbari, Manikganj and Savar. Hasina addressed a public gathering at Paturia ferry terminal around 3:30pm and another at Manikganj bus terminal around 4:30pm.
In order to ensure the PM's security, law enforcers made the Faridpur-Dhaka highway off-limits to all vehicles for several hours, causing public woes.
Bus operations to short distances from Faridpur were suspended from around 9am till 1pm, while vehicles were not allowed on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj for about five hours since noon, report our correspondents in Faridpur and Manikganj.
A large number of people were seen stranded on different spots on the highway. Many were seen walking toward their destinations.
Traffic woes affected school students too. Several hundred students of Sunnydale School reached Dhaka late at night as their buses were stuck for hours on end on the road while returning from their annual sports event and picnic at BKSP.
Hasina launched AL's electoral campaign on Wednesday from a rally at Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Government College in Kotalipara of Gopalganj. She earlier paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and placed a wreath at his grave in Tungipara.