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16 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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BNP shifts Khaleda’s birthday celebration

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The BNP will organise ‘doa’ and ‘milad mahfil’ across the country, including in Dhaka city, today (Friday) on the occasion of party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s 75th birthday, apparently to avoid any conflict with National Mourning Day. Khaleda Zia has been currently serving a 17-year jail term in two graft cases since February 8 last year. The BNP for the last three years did not cut cakes on August 15 to mark the birthday of the party chief to avoid conflict with National Mourning Day on the same day.

The party will arrange ‘doa’ and ‘mahfil’ today all over the country seeking Khaleda's early recovery from illness and long life, according to a press statement signed by BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. As part of the programme, the BNP will organise ‘doa’ and ‘milad mahfil’ at the party’s central office at 11am today.

The BNP chairperson turned 75 yesterday. Earlier, the party marked her 72nd, 73rd and 74th birthdays by holding ‘doa’ and ‘mahfil’ instead of cutting any cake amid criticism from different quarters, including Awami League (AL) leaders, for celebrating Khaleda’s birthday on the National Mourning Day. According to Khaleda’s biodata, which was submitted to the Parliament Secretariat when she was made the opposition leader, she was born on August 15, 1945.

According to the BNP’s website, Khaleda was born on August 15, 1945, in Dinajpur district. However, AL leaders have long been claiming that her birthday is September 5, 1945 as per her marriage certificate and August 19, 1946 as per her first passport. The BNP chairperson refrained from celebrating her birthday on August 15 in 2016 and her decision was treated as a good political gesture.

August 15 is observed as National Mourning Day to commemorate the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Khaleda’s decision of not celebrating her birthday with fanfare on August 15 was laude, as it ended two decades of controversy and criticism centred on her birthday bash.

The BNP chairperson began celebrating her birthday since August 15, 1993, after being elected Prime Minister following the 1991 national elections. But she made the celebration formal after her party lost power in 2006 and sat on the opposition benches in Parliament.

Khaleda began celebrating her birthday with party leaders and activists at her Minto Road residence on August 15, 2006.

Khaleda, who had passed the SSC examination from Dinajpur Girls’ High School in 1960, got married to then Army officer Captain Ziaur Rahman in the same year. After the 1975 changeover, Ziaur Rahman became the martial law administrator and President of the country.

She stepped into politics two years after the death of her husband on May 30, 1981. She joined the BNP as its vice-chairman in 1983. She became the chairperson on May 10, 1984. Khaleda had become the country’s first woman prime ,inister after the end of HM Ershad-led autocratic regime in 1991. She also took oath as premier in 1996 and 2001.

 

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