The premier reached there at around 10:45 am. At this time, Qawmi madrasa Board Chairman and Hefajat-e Islam supremo Shah Ahmed Shafi welcomed her in the programme. Later, the Prime Minister took her chair as the chief guest.
Thousands of Hefajat activists have been gathering in Suhrawardy Udyan. Organisers are expecting a gathering of around 10 lakh people at today's rally.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has imposed restrictions on traffic movement for today while some schools announced closure because of the rally.
Meanwhile, in a rare instance, the government has deferred today's public exams for the rally. The tests of Junior School Certificate and Junior Dakhil Certificate will now be held on November 9.
The government decision to shift the exams drew criticism from educationalists and guardians as it would put extra pressure on examinees.
Al-Hiyatul Ulya Lil-Zami'atil Qawmiya Bangladesh, a combine of Qawmi education boards led by Shafi, organised the event to hail the passage of a bill making the Dawra-e-Hadith degree equivalent to master's in Islamic studies and Arabic.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11 last year announced that the government will recognise Dawra degree of Qawmi madrasa as equivalent to master's degree.
The government circular recognising Dawra degree of Qawmi madrasa as equivalent to Master's degree was issued on April 13, 2017.
The decision means the Dawra-e-Hadith degree holders will be seen as having master's degree in Islamic Studies or Arabic and can apply for jobs meant for master's degree holders.