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Bnp founding anniversary Tuesday

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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is going to celebrate its 37th founding anniversary on Tuesday with minimum programmes as the party is passing through a troubling time with its leaders and workers facing innirable cases filed durinhg movements.
Some BNP founding leaders think the party has plunged into a deep crisis despite ‘having vast popularity’, while many others think the party is getting stronger facing odds and obstacles.
On September 1, 1978, late President Ziaur Rahman founded the party wooing leaders and activists from different parties with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh.In the 37 years’ journey of the party, BNP had been in power for four times and in opposition bench twice. But following the January-5, 2014 election boycott, the party is also out of parliament now.
BNP has been out of power for nine years since the 1/11 political change over. As per the party’s central office statistics, around BNP 15,000 leaders and activists are now in jail and hundreds of others are on the run facing political cases.
Though the party has long been trying to overhaul it, BNP could not make any visible progress in this regard. The tenures of most committees of the party and its associate bodies have expired. Though the party was scheduled to hold its national council it 2012, it could not do it yet.
Evaluating the party’s current condition, Barrister Abul Hasnat, who had been with BNP during its foundation, said, “BNP is now going thorough the toughest and worst time since its foundation.”
He thinks the party now has turned very weak organizationally due to the government’s repressive acts, party leaders’ inaction, lack of farsightedness of the leadership and lack of competent and dedicated leadership.
Abul Hasnat, the first mayor of Dhaka and the chief whip of the third parliament, also thinks BNP has moved away from the ideals, thoughts and philosophy with which Ziaur Rahman established the party.
Another BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said, “Facing a crisis is not a new experience for BNP. In fact, BNP was formed during a crisis period. During its long journey, BNP faced many critical junctures, including after the assignation of Ziaur Rahman and during Ershad’s rule.” So, we’ll also overcome the current crisis as we did in the past.”
BNP joint secretary general M Shahjahan who is now looking after the party’s organisational activities at the grassroots level said, “There’s no leader of the party — from Khaleda Zia to Tarique Rahman — who is not facing any case. Our many leaders are in jails while many others are fleeing their homes to avoid arrest. Despite that, our organisational strength is still very strong. Our popularity and public support have also got a boost.”
Mentioning that they have started reorganising the committees under the party’s 75 district units, he hoped that BNP will start a fresh journey under Khaleda’s leadership completing its overhaul process.
Meanwhile, BNP and its associated bodies have taken up various programmes, including discussion, hoisting party flag and placing wreaths at the grave of party founder.
The party flag will be hoisted atop its Naypaltan central office and all other offices of BNP across the country at 6:00am on Tuesday.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia along with party leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of its founder ex-President Ziaur Rahman at 10:00 am on the day. The party will also arrange a discussion at the diploma Engineers’ Institute on Tuesday afternoon on the occasion.
Khaleda Zia, in a message, congratulated the people of the country, party leaders, workers and activists and well-wishers on the occasion. – UNB

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