Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has announced various programmes, including virtual discussions, to celebrate its 43rd founding anniversary on September 1.
The party’s organising secretary Syed Emran Saleh Prince, also in charge of office secretary, announced the programmes at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office in the capital on Tuesday.
Besides, BNP standing committee members will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of its founder Ziaur Rahman in the capital’s Sher-e-Banglanagar area at 11am.
Later, leaders and activists of BNP’s Dhaka south and north units will also place wreaths at Zia’s grave at noon.
“We will observe all the programmes, maintaining social-distancing rules due to Covid-19,” he said. Besides, BNP will also arrange a virtual discussion at 3pm. The party’s senior leaders will speak at the discussion.
The party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman is also scheduled to join the programme virtually from London.
The party’s associate bodies and their different units across the country will mark the day by holding various programmes, including discussions.
Following the January 5, 2014 election boycott, the party is out of parliament now. BNP has been out of power for nearly around a decade since the 1/11 political change over as the party had faced debacle in the 11th parliament election in December 30, 2018.
On September 1, 1978, Ziaur Rahman formed BNP with a 19-point ptogramme. BNP ruled the country for several terms.
After the assassination of Zia on May 30, 1981 in Chattogram, his wife Khaleda Zia took over the party leadership. Later, she became prime minister after winning the 1991 general election.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia convicted in graft cases has been staying at her residence in Gulshan of the capital after getting conditional release from jail in an executive order by the government.