Khaleda Zia reaches Sylhet
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia offered special munajat at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet today, two days before announcement of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

She was staying at the shrine till filing this report at 6:30pm.

She reached there amid huge crowds of her party's leaders and activists, reports our Sylhet correspondent.

Hundreds of supporters were seen standing on both sides of the city streets with colorful banners, placards and festoons.

They also welcomed Khaleda on her way to the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal by chanting slogans, the correspondent said.  

Earlier in the day, she Zia left her Gulshan residence around 9:00am with BNP Standing Committee Member Abdul Moeen Khan and some top ranking leaders accompanying her.

Talking to reporters before starting the journey, BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said their chairperson is going to Sylhet only to offer fateha at the shrines of the country's two great saints.

Replying to a question, he said Khaleda is not going to launch her party's next election campaign from Sylhet unlike Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"The election will be held around one year later so there is no scope for beginning the election campaign now. How will she conduct the campaign in absence of a level playing field?" the BNP leader said.

On January 25, a special court in Dhaka fixed February 8 to announce verdict of the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others.