Military strongman General Ziaur Rahman founded the party and became its chairman
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is set to celebrate its 43rd founding anniversary across the country on Wednesday in a low-key manner due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
BNP and its associate bodies have taken up various programs, including discussion, to mark the day, reports UNB.
On September 1, 1978, then president General Ziaur Rahman founded the party with a 19-point program and became its chairman.
As per the programs, the party flag will be hoisted atop its Naya Paltan central office and all other BNP offices across the country at 6am on Wednesday.
BNP standing committee members will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of Ziaur Rahman at 11am on the day.
Later, the leaders and activists of the BNP’s Dhaka south and north units will also place wreaths at Zia’s grave at 11:30am.
Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) will arrange a health camp on the ground floor of the BNP’s central office at 12 noon where medicines and treatment equipment will be provided for the Covid patients.
The party will also arrange a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday.
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BNP's associate bodies and all other units across the country are set to mark the day by holding various programs, including discussions and providing assistance to Covid-infected patients through the party's Covid-19 help centres.
In its 42 years' journey, BNP had been in power for four times and in the opposition bench twice. BNP has been out of power for nearly 13 years since the 1/11 political changeover. Zia’s wife Begum Khaleda Zia became the party chief after the assassination of the BNP founder.
Acting chairman Tarique Rahman, the elder son of Zia and Khaleda Zia, and Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in separate messages congratulated the people of the country, party leaders, workers and activists and well-wishers on the occasion, reports UNB.
Military strongman Zia took over power after the assassination of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the four national leaders as the chief martial law administrator of the country. Later he became president on April 21, 1977.
In February 1978, Zia floated Jatiyatabadi Ganatantrik Dal with then vice president Justice Abdus Sattar as its head. For the presidential election, Zia himself became a presidential candidate to lead an electoral combine consisting of six political parties. He won a comprehensive victory by securing 76.67% of the votes.