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Opposition march to northern Bangladesh to begin.

DHAKA, May 16 Kyodo

An alliance of opposition parties will begin Sunday a three-day road march from Dhaka to the northern tip of the country to put focus on what they say are the "failures and misdeeds" of the government. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will start the long road march from Paltan Maidan at 9 a.m. Party leader Begum Khaleda Zia will lead the convoy of vehicles towards Panchagarh, the northern tip of the country, covering 500 kilometers. Prior to the march, Zia is likely to address a gathering at Paltan Maidan. BNP sources said Zia is likely to address 25 public meetings during her long journey. The motorcade, which will consist of a convoy of about 500 cars and jeeps, mini buses and buses, will make two overnight stops, in the northern districts of Bogra and Dinajpur, around 250 km and 400 km from Dhaka, respectively. BNP has asked traffic police to help maintain discipline along the route. Zia is scheduled to return to Dhaka on Wednesday.
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Date:May 24, 1999
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