A Milad Mahfil seeking eternal peace of late President Ziaur Rahman, founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and his deceased family members will be held on November 4 at the Institution of Engineers of Bangladesh in the capital.
Ahmed Kamal, younger brother of Ziaur Rahman, is the organiser of the Mahfil but Shariful Alam Don, nephew of them, is playing the key role in making the event a success, organisers said.
They said over 500 people including the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, widow of Ziaur Rahman, and senior leaders of the party have been invited to join the Doa Mahfil. But Khaleda Zia is unlikely to attend as she is now staying in London for medical treatment.
Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon, BNP's spokesman, said leaders who come to the party office have already received the invitation card. The party's Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also collected his card on Saturday.
Nazrul Islam Khan, a BNP Standing Committee member, however, said he did not get any invitation. "Even if I did I would not attend the Mehfil, as core family members of late Zia's family will be absent," he said.
Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Adviser to the BNP Chairperson, told this correspondent, "It is a good initiative but the organiser should have taken approval of Khaleda Zia in this regard. But he didn't consult her about this programme."
"Though I have received invitation, I will not attend as Khaleda Zia has been away from country," Dudu added.
Many BNP leaders see the Doa Mahfil as part of 'government conspiracy' against Khaleda Zia and her party. They questioned the necessity of arranging the Mahfil by hiring a hall room within a short time. For splitting BNP, the government is working hard. So, leaders and activists of the BNP are concerned over who are behind this programme.
They are being extra cautious about the statements of some ministers who say 'BNP is splitting very soon,' and try to confuse people, especially after the resignation of a senior BNP leader and former foreign secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury on Thursday.
Ahmed Kamal, a former General Manager of Bangladesh Tourism Corporation, recently made some adverse comments about Ziaur Rahman's family when he (Kamal) was admitted to a hospital. This has caused embarrassment to the BNP stakeholders and those who want to avoid any unnecessary hitch in the party.
When asked about the reason behind organising such programme suddenly, Kamal told the Daily Observer, "It is absolutely a religious programme and there is no conspiracy behind organising the event."
Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, President of Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, told the Daily Observer, "It is not expected that Doa Mahfil for Zia's Family would be held but no representative of the family will attend it."
"We are very careful about the event and watching every development surrounding it. We will boycott this programme," Alal said.