Doa mohfil by BNP marks Khaleda’s birthday

Doa mohfil by BNP marks Khaleda’s birthday

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Dhaka – The BNP on Sunday celebrated party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s birthday through holding doa and milad mohfil instead of cutting any cake. The former premier stepped into her 73 years on the day.The party leaders said they did not cut any cake on the occasion as thousands of people are going through immense sufferings due to floods in different parts of the country.
“We’ve kept our programme limited to doa and religious rituals. Under the current situation of the country, we shouldn’t celebrate the occasion in a joyous manner,” said BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas while speaking at a milad and doa mahfil at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan at about 11:30 am.
BNP’s arch rival the Bangladesh Awami League AL has always been critical of celebration of Khaleda’s birthday by cutting cake on 15th August which is observed as National Mourning Day
He said the chairperson asked the party leaders and activists not to celebrate her birthday with any joyous programme as a severe flood has affected the country putting people in danger.
Abbas said they are also praying to the Almighty for the early recovery of their chairperson who underwent a surgery in her right eye last week in London.
Later, a munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for Khaleda’s long and healthy life and seeking salvation of the departed souls of party founder Ziaur Rahman and his younger son Arafat Rahman Koko.
Meanwhile, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press briefing said they did not take any programme to celebrate their chairperson’s birthday as she has been in London and the country is in flood fury.
“We are arranging milad mohfils across the country and distributing relief materials among the flood victims on the occasion,” he said.
Last year, the BNP had celebrated Khaleda’s 72nd birthday by holding a prayer session instead of cutting a cake. Many leaders had gone to the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office to greet her, but they were made to enter the office by keeping their bouquets outside.
The BNP had refrained from celebrating Khaleda’s birthday on August 15, which coincides with National Mourning Day to commemorate the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with the members of his extended family in 1975.
The controversy over Khaleda’s birthday began when she had first celebrated her birthday on August 15, 1993, after she was elected as Prime Minister in 1991.
On 15 July, Khaleda went to London for the treatment of her eyes and legs and spending time with her family members there.
She may return home after celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with her family members in London.- Staff Reporter

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