BNP and its associate bodies celebrated the 82nd birth anniversary of their party founder Ziaur Rahman across the country with various programmes on Friday.
BNP leaders and activists, led by party chairperson Khaleda Zia, placed wreaths at Zia's grave at the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar around 11:15am, marking the day.
Khaleda also offered a munajat there seeking salvation of the departed soul of Zia, reports UNB.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and other leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies were present.
Born on January 19, 1936 at Bagbari in Bogra, Ziaur Rahman founded BNP in 1978 and become the country’s 7th president.
BNP and its associate bodies also chalked out a weeklong programme to observe the day in a befitting manner.
As part of the programmes, the party flag was hoisted atop all the BNP offices across the country early in the morning.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dla, the BNP’s student wing, organised a photo exhibition on Zia’s life and work at the party’s central office. Mirza Fakhrul inaugurated it around 9am.
Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal took out a rally from in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office in the afternoon on the occasion. It concluded peacefully at Nayapaltan after parading different roads through Bijoynagar, Kakrail and Shantinagar.
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy along with other party leaders and activists cut a cake at the party central office arranged by 'Zia Smriti Pathagar' celebrating Zia’s birth day.
Earlier on Thursday, the party arranged a discussion at the Supreme Court Bar Association’s auditorium, marking the day.
The party’s different city, district, upazila and thana units also observed the day with various programmes, including milad, discussions and essay competitions on the occasion.