Khaleda foregoes cutting cake at midnight to celebrate ‘birthday’ on National Mourning Day
She celebrated her birthday with senior leaders of the party by cutting a 70-pound cake as well as some other cakes of smaller sizes at her Gulshan office around 9:15pm.
The three-time prime minister has turned 70 this year, BNP leaders said.
Although as per her new passport, 1946 is the year of birth, last year BNP leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy told a programme that Khaleda was born in 1945.
Several biographies of Khaleda put Aug 15, 1945 as her date of birth.
Khaleda was born in Dinajpur to Eskandar Majumder and Tayeba Majumder.
Ziaur Rahman, then a captain in the Pakistan army, married her in August 1960.
He came to power in the aftermath of the assassination of Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Aug 15, 1975.
Awami League leaders have been urging Khaleda not to celebrate the birthday on Aug 15, as it coincides with Bangabandhu’s death anniversary.
BNP leaders had said they would celebrate the party chief’s birthday on Saturday night.
Hundreds of supporters greeted Khaleda at her office.
A large number of police and plainclothesmen were seen around the office.
She first cut the 70-pound as well as other cakes brought by metropolitan BNP unit, Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, Swechchhasebak Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal.
Her supporters then wished her and a song written for her birthday by lyricist Munshi Wadud and sang by Monir Khan was played.
Khaleda came out after cutting the cakes and waved at her supporters gathered there.
Several BNP leaders, present there, said the cakes were sent to orphanages at the party’s chief’s order.