The party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir hoped that his party's efforts to end misrule will turn out to be successful very soon
The BNP has vowed to continue its movement to remove the government to restore Cin Bangladesh.
"We are taking a pledge on this day of our founding anniversary to continue our struggle to remove the government, and free our leader Khaleda Zia for the restoration of the democracy," BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
He also hoped that his party's efforts to end misrule will turn out to be successful very soon, reports UNB.
"Now, the main challenge for BNP is to restore democracy and people's rights," he told reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's grave, marking the party’s 40th founding anniversary.
Several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered at Zia's grave in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar around 10am and paid homage to their party founder by placing wreaths.
The party is scheduled to hold a rally in Nayapaltan to mark the day. Senior BNP leaders said they plan for a massive showdown to invigorate the leaders and activists ahead of the next general election.
In the morning, the party flag was hoisted atop BNP's Nayapaltan central office and all of its other offices across Bangladesh, to mark the day.
Associate bodies of the party and all of its units are marking the day with various programs. The party will also arrange a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Sunday.
Zia founded the party on September 1, 1978.
His wife Khaleda took over the party’s leadership after his assassination on May 30, 1981 in Chittagong. The BNP, led by Khaleda, came to power twice, in 1991 and 2001. The party won the February 1996 national polls boycotted by the opposition but Khaleda had to step down the next month following days of unrest.
The party and its allies boycotted the 2014 national election and have been out of Parliament since then.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February 8, after a Dhaka court found her guilty of corruption.