Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday celebrated its 43rd founding anniversary in a low-key manner throughout the country without the presence of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia who has been staying at her residence on conditional release from jail.
On the occasion, party flags were hoisted atop its Nayapaltan central office in the capital and other offices around the country at 6:00 am on the day.
After placing wreaths at Zia’s grave, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamir said that the ruling Awami League ‘killed democracy by establishing one-party rule’.
“Restoration of democracy and release of our leader Khaleda Zia are now the main challenge for BNP,” he said.
Later at about 11:30 am, leaders and activists of BNP’s Dhaka south and north units also placed wreaths at Zia’s grave.
Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB), a pro-BNP organisation of physicians, arranged a health camp on the ground floor of BNP’s central office where medicines and treatment equipment for coronavirus infected patients were provided.
The party will also arrange a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club today. BNP senior leaders will speak at the programme. Tarique Rahman is likely to join the event from London via videoconferencing.