POST TIME: 20 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
41st founding anniversary
BNP chalks out programmes

BNP chalks out programmes

The BNP yesterday announced a two-day programme to celebrate the party’s 41st founding anniversary on September 1. The programmes include the holding of rallies and discussions, the hoisting the party flag and placing wreaths at the grave of party founder Ziaur Rahman.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes after the joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan with its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair. Meanwhile, talking to journalists BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday rejected outright the involvement of founding chairman late president Ziaur Rahman with the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members on August 15, 1975.

“It was not president Ziaur Rahman, but the then Awami League leaders who were involved in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members,” he said after placing wreath at the mazar of Ziaur Rahman at Chandrima Udyan in the city to mark the founding anniversary of Jatiyatabadi Secchasebok Dal, the party’s youth.

His comments came after Mirza Alamgir’s attention was drawn to the allegation of ruling Awami League leaders that Ziaur Rahman was involved in the killing of Bangabandhu.

He alleged that the AL had been distorting history for a long time and Zia was never involved in the killing, claiming that

this had been proved historically. “Their (AL) own people were involved in the killing and they had formed the government and joined parliament following the incident,” he added.

Terming the statement of the industries minister that the BNP purchased rawhides as juvenile talk, Mirza Alamgir said the government had totally failed to run the country.

Talking about the visit of the Indian foreign minister, Jaishankar, the BNP leader said: “We don’t expect much from his visit as far as bilateral problems are concerned.”

He said despite having good ties with India, the AL government failed to get the country’s fair share of the Teesta river water. Border killing had also not stopped, he said.

“There is a trade deficit and trade imbalance with India but no measure has been taken to deal with this,” he alleged, saying that several problems faced by India had, instead, been resolved.

On the Indian government’s request for Bangladesh’s land to expand Tripura airport, he said they are keeping an eye on the issue.

“There’s no question of providing any land of the country to India,” he said.

The BNP secretary general expressed hope that they would be able to free Khaleda Zia by launching a movement and restoring democracy in the country.

Secchasebok Dal president Shafiul Bari Babu, and general secretary Abdul Quader Bhuiyan Jewel, among others, were present on the occasion.

As per the founding anniversary programmes, the party flag will be hoisted atop its Naya Paltan central office and all other BNP offices across the country at 6am on September 1.

Besides, the party leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of founder Ziaur Rahman at 10am on the day.

Speaking at the programme, Mirza Fakhrul said they would take out rallies across the country, including in the capital, on the same day.

“The rallies will be held not only to mark the party’s founding anniversary, but also to push for our demand for the restoration of democracy,” he said.

Fakhrul said their party would also hold a discussion in the city on September 2.

He said they would highlight the issue of keeping the party chairperson in jail ‘unfairly’ through the programmes of the founding anniversary.

During the party’s 40-year journey, the BNP leader claimed it had made an outstanding contribution to establishing democracy in the country.

On September 1, 1978, Ziaur Rahman formed the BNP with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh. The BNP ruled the country for several terms.