Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is not going to celebrate the 73rd ‘birthday’ of its chairperson Khaleda Zia as she has been staying in London for receiving medical treatment, BNP leaders said Monday.
In last year, the party celebrated Khaleda Zia’s 72nd birthday through holding a doa mahfil instead of cutting any cake.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “We didn’t chalk out any programme to celebrate our chairperson’s birthday as she has been staying in London for receiving medical treatment.”
He said their party’s associate bodies can arrange doa mahfil on the occasion seeking her early recovery.
On July 15, Khaleda went to London for receiving medical treatment and spending time with her family members there.
The BNP chief underwent the surgery for cataract in her right eye at Moorfields Eye Hospital last week. She may return home after celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with her family members in London.
Rizvi said Khaleda has been staying at the residence of her eldest son and party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman. “She’s recuperating from her eye surgery; the bandage is still there.”
The nation is set to observe the National Mourning Day on Tuesday commemorating the assassinations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975.
Khaleda was born in 1945. But, there are debates about her actual date of birth and even the birth year.
Her party claimed in 2015 that her actual birth year is 1946. She also registered her birth year 1946 in her new passport.
According to Banglapedia and well-known encyclopedias Wikipedia and Britannica Khaleda was born to Iskandar Majumder, a businessman, and Taiyaba Majumder in Dinajpur district in 1945.
The bio-data of Khaleda Zia submitted to the Parliament Secretariat when she was made the opposition leader last suggests that she was born on August 15, 1945.
The controversy over the birthday began in 1991 when Khaleda first celebrated it on August 15 after assuming office as prime minister and declared it as her ‘official birthday’.
Awami League leaders have long been claiming that her birthday is September 5, 1945 as per her marriage certificate while August 19, 1946 as per her first passport. Khaleda herself put the date as August 9, 1944 while registering for her matriculation exams, they said.