Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) observed the historic 7 March, the day on which Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his historic speech in 1971, with programmes.
The party observed the day for the first time in 43 years since its foundation.To mark the day, the opposition party organised a discussion programme at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, also convener of the party’s national committee to celebrate golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh chaired the discussion.
Speaking at the programme, the BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that the party has organised the programme marking the historic March 7 in a bid to spread the spirit of independence among the young generation of the country.
"We think it is our responsibility to present the true history of our liberation war to the new generation as they are being given wrong idea by the ruling Awami League," he said. BNP standing committee member Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury said, “There was no declaration of independence on March 7. Ziaur Rahman had declared independence and joined the war of liberation. These are the truths, these are the milestones."
BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku also spoke at the programme.
The historic March 7 speech, delivered by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was the Magnacarta of the freedom-loving Bengalis. The epic speech was an inspiration for the Bengalis to break the sickles of the Pakistanis.However, the BNP already observed the historic flag hoisting day on 2 March and declaration of the manifesto of the country's independence on 3 March for the first time as well.