BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that the governing Awami League is celebrating their victory (on Saturday) in a bid to conceal their ‘moral defeat’.
“The festival is to cover up their defeat they suffered in the election as well as to divert people’s attention away from the defeat,” he said.He was talking to reporters after laying a wreath at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Banglanagar in the capital on Saturday morning, marking his 83rd birth anniversary.
BNP standing committee members — Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Abdul Moyeen Khan, vice chairmen — Mohammad Shahjahan, AZM Zahid Hossain and Ahmed Azam Khan — along with other senior leaders and activists were present on the occasion.
The BNP secretary general said the ruling Awami League suffered a serious defeat on December 30 as they have been isolated from people.
Replying to a question, he said there is no rift in Oikya Front and 20-party alliance and claimed that they are now united.
“On the birthday of the party founding president, we’re vowing afresh to free democracy and our Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and bring back our acting Chairman Tarique Rahman,” the BNP leader said.
To celebrate the birth anniversary of Ziaur Rahman, BNP arranged various programmes, including discussion and doa mahfil, in cites, districts, upazilas and thanas around the country.Besides, its associate bodies also held a number of programmes throughout the country.
The party flag was hoisted atop all BNP offices all over the country, including its central office in Nayapaltan of the capital.
Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB), a pro-BNP physicians’ organisation, arranged a free medical camp on the ground floor of BNP headquarters.
Born on January 19, 1936 at Bagbari in Bogura, Ziaur Rahman founded BNP in 1978 and became the country’s President.