BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia places a wreath at the grave of the party founder Ziaur Rahman marking his 33rd death anniversary at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital on Friday. Photo: Firoz Ahmed
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia placed wreaths at the grave of the party founder late president Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital this morning marking the 33rd death anniversary of Zia.
She also offered Fateha at the grave seeking eternal peace of her last husband on this occasion.
The BNP chief also inaugurated a blood donation programme organised by Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) at the mazar premise at about 11:40am.
Meanwhile, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has accused the government of the incident like killing, abduction and forced disappearance and demanded an acceptable national election in a credible manner immediately.
“Killing, abduction and forced disappearance are taking place across the country. There is no guaranty of natural death here. We want to get rid of from such situation and in this regard an acceptable general election is needed immediately,” Fakhrul said after placing a wreath at the grave of the party founder late president Ziaur Rahman in the capital this morning.
He asked his party men to take a fresh vow in light with the spirit of Ziaur Rahman and said, “We have to take the responsibility to save the people and the country from the repressive and oppressive acts of the government.”
“We are engaged in movement for a fresh general election and it will be intensified forcing the government to meet our demand immediately,” he warned.
Khaleda Zia along with her party’s rank and file went to the grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital about 11:20am.
She started food distribution campaign among the destitute and poor people visiting at different spots across the capital to mark the day with due respect.
Staring from T&T ground at Manik Mia Avenue, Khaleda Zia distributed food among the poor at Mohammadpur Town Hall ground, Dhanmondi, Kalabagan and Shantinagar areas.
She is scheduled to distribute food among the destitute visiting at least 19 different places across the capital today.
She is also scheduled to inaugurate a free medical treatment campaign organised by DAB in front of the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters this afternoon.
Today (Friday) is the 33rd death anniversary of Ziaur Rahman who born on January 19, 1936 at Bagbari in Bogra.
On this day, May 30, 1981, Zia was assassinated by a group of disgruntled army officers at Chittagong Circuit House who was a sector commander during the Liberation War in 1971.
He was awarded Bir Uttam, the highest gallantry award for a living officer for his wartime services.
BNP and its different front and associate bodies have taken up a 14-day programme to observe the day with befitting manner.
On the occasion of the death anniversary, the party flag has already been hoisted at half-mast at the party's central office at Nayapaltan and all party offices across the country.