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Monday, September 1, 2014, Bhadra 17, 1421, Zilqad 5, 1435 Hijr

BNP's 36th founding anniversary today
Publish Date : 2014-09-01,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 28
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) celebrates its 36th founding anniversary across the country on Monday through various programmes.
On 1 September, 1978, late President Ziaur Rahman founded the party with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh.
BNP and its associated bodies have taken up elaborate programmes, including discussion, hoisting party flag, placing wreaths at the grave of party founder and taking out a colourful procession, to mark the day.
As part of the programmes, the party's cultural wing Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas) displayed various photographs on the party's various activities on Sunday at the Jatiya Press Club.
Besides, the party flag will be hoisted atop its Naypaltan central office and all other offices of BNP across the country at 6:00am on Monday.
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 Engineers' Institute on Monday afternoon on the occasion.
Besides, the party's associate bodies and all of its units across the country will mark the day with holding various programmes, including hoisting party flag, discussion meetings and rallies.
This is for the first time since restoration of country's democracy in 1991 BNP is observing its founding anniversary when the party is neither in power nor in parliament.
The BNP-led opposition alliance boycotted the 9th parliamentary election under Sheikh Hasina government as they had been demanding the election under a non-party administration.
Former President Zia through founding BNP added a new dimension to the country's politics with the introduction of the ideology of 'Bangladesh nationalism' with the slogans of 'politics of development and production'.
After the assassination of Zia on 30 May 1981 in Chittagong, his widow Khaleda Zia took the helm of the party.
The party has ruled the country for several terms while Khaleda Zia became the country's first woman prime minister after winning the 1991 general election. She also became the country's premier in 1996 (for a short time) and 2001.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting 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.     ?UNB

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