Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Friday citizens' gathering at Suhrawardy Udyan today (Saturday) does not run counter to political programme of BNP, reports BSS.
"Tomorrow's citizen gathering is not any counter programme of BNP's rally and AL does not organise any counter programme," he said.
He made the comments while visiting the preparation work of the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Thursday morning.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to speak as the chief guest while convener of Nagorik Committee Emirates Professor Dr Anisuzzaman will preside over the programme.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said those who believe in the ideology of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and in the country's independence and spirit of freedom will join the rally.
AL Presidium Member and Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, AL Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, State Minister for Jute and Textile Mirza Azam, AL Organising Secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim and Cultural Affairs Secretary Ashim Kumer Ukil were also present.
Quader said AL's programme was scheduled far earlier than BNP's November 12 rally. "BNP followed the AL programme," he said.
Nagorik Committee is organising the rally today at 2.30 pm marking the UNESCO recognition of historic March 7 speech of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of world's documentary heritage.