Birthday personal matter, HC formula underpins inclusive polls: BNP

Birthday personal matter, HC formula underpins inclusive polls: BNP

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BNP does not see any controversy over celebrating birthday of party chairperson Khaleda Zia on August 15, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were killed by a group of wayward army officers in 1975.
“The chairperson (Khaleda) never celebrates her birthday in a festive manner and she does not support it. But she participates in the birthday programmes giving importance to the expressions of love the party’s leaders and activists,” said BNP Spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon while addressing a briefing at the party’s headquarters at Naya Paltan on Sunday.His comments came a day after the BNP chief on Saturday night celebrated her 70th birthday at her Gulshan office despite calls from different quarters not to celebrate her birth anniversary on August 15 that is observed as National Mourning Day in the country.
Senior leaders of the ruling Awami League, in particular, have raised questions over the authenticity of Khaleda’s birth date on August 15.
All of a sudden, the BNP chief and her party men started celebrating her birthday since August 15 in 1996, the AL leaders alleged.
Khaleda on Sunday night cut five cakes, 70 pounds each as her office wore a festive look. It was decorated with lighting and glittering cloths.
Replying to a question, the BNP spokesperson said celebration birthday is anyone’s personal matter.
On the High Court’s formula on the interim government, Ripon said those are not “realistic and not-applicable.”
“But we think the necessity of holding a free, fair and inclusive election has been reflected in the verdict,” added Ripon, also an international affairs of BNP.
In its full judgment on uncontested election of 153 MPs in the 10th parliamentary election held on January 5 last year, the HC has provided two formulas and observations on the interim government to assist the Election Commission in holding the next two parliamentary elections.  – Staff Reporter

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