Inauguration of 25 Projects: Rajshahi all set to welcome PM
Rajshahi is all set to welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today for her first public rally in the district in five years.
Following a month-long preparation for the programme, a 5,000sqft stage has been set up, with a black boat as the base and white scaffolding on top, at the Madrasa Maidan in Rajshahi, now known as Haji Muhammad Mohsin Government High School ground.
Hasina, also the Awami League president, will address the rally in the afternoon. The venue will open to visitors in the morning. Local artists will sing songs of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.
AL Presidium Member AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said they were expecting that about seven lakh people would throng the city centring the rally.
Some 12 LED screens and 220 loudspeakers have been installed at some important city points so that people can watch the rally without going to the venue, he said.
More than 500 volunteers have been deployed to serve the people while 1.5 lakh water bottles will be kept at different places, other than two water tanks to quench people's thirst.
The city streets have been covered with
PVC posters, banners, and festoons have been put up on city streets showcasing the development activities of the government.
Organised jointly by AL Rajshahi city and district units, the rally will attract people from across the eight districts of the division.
Liton said, "People from far-flung areas will rush to the city to greet Sheikh Hasina as she has initiated unprecedented development in the region.
"We have nothing to ask for. She is already doing what the people of this region need."
Law enforcement agencies have taken tight security measures. Flying drones in the city have been prohibited since Friday, and there is a ban on carrying weapons or explosives.
Hasina last visited Rajshahi on February 22, 2018, to address an electoral rally at the same venue.
Apart from buses and trucks, the AL hired at least seven local trains.
The trains, with a total of 10,306 seats, were hired for Tk 1,290,007, Ashim Kumar Talukhder, general manager of Bangladesh Railway (west zone), told The Daily Star.
"Railway headquarters decided to rent out the trains upon applications from the party," he said.
Two trains were allocated for Chapainawabganj district -- one from Chapainawabganj station and another from Rohonpur station.
The other trains will start from Panchbibi station of Joypurhat, Santahar of Bogura, Natore, Sirajganj, and Arani station of Rajshahi.