The rally is perhaps also aimed at taking the wind away from the sails of the BNP which is trying to revive the movement for the restoration of the caretaker arrangement to conduct national parliament elections.
The momentum for the rally will be worked up during the celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday on March 17.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend Bangabandhu’s birthday celebrations at Tungipara on Mar 17. That is why the rally marking the occasion of birthday of Bangabandhu is scheduled for Mar 18, Awami League leaders said.
On the other hand, the party has said it was now ready for talks with BNP over any issue on Mar 7. In an attempt to isolate the Jamaat from the Opposition alliance, Awami League leaders have said Jamaat was bad news for BNP.
For the past few months, Awami League on its own did not hold a mass rally in the capital after the grand rally on March 14 last year, though some sponsored by the 14-Party Alliance did take place.
Awami League’s Deputy-Publicity Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil told bdnews24.com that the party’s General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam will be meeting other party leaders to make arrangements for the March 18 rally.
Another press release signed by Awami League Deputy-Office Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das said Syed Ashraful Islam will meet leaders of Dhaka, Narsinghdi, Gazipur, Manikganj, Narayanganj and Munshiganj at 11:00am.
Party leaders will also discuss future strategies with other pro-liberation groups to take forward the spirit of ’71 in the Dhanmondi office on Monday.
Meanwhile 14-party Alliance is expected to host a rally at 3:00pm on Saturday in Mirpur-12 BRTC bus depot demanding quick trials and execution of verdicts for war criminals.