The apprehension was expressed by the ruling Awami League (AL) party's publicity secretary Hassan Mahmud while participating in a human-chain and protest programme at the capital city's Bangabandhu Avenue on Monday.

He said that Zia, the opposition leader and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, would not only change the name of Gopalganj district but of the country as well if she returns to power.

Other speakers at the protest criticized Zia for her earlier comment that she would change the name of Gopalganj, the district from where Prime Minister Hasina hails.

Meanwhile, AL leaders and activists dominated the streets on Monday in a bid to thwart the opposition's continuing effort to hold its march-to-Dhaka programme again.

The ruling party's supporters formed human-chains and staged sit-in protests in various parts of the city including Bangabandhu Avenue, Bangabandhu National Stadium, Adabor and Shyamali.

The demonstration was intended to "resist the anarchy" unleashed by the BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami.

At least 22 organisations participated under the banner "United Awami League Supporter Alliance".


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