Iftar for BNP chief cancelled
June 20 2016 02:02 AM
Khaleda Zia

By Mizan Rahman/Dhaka

An Iftar (fast-breaking) party, where BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was invited as the chief guest, at the capital’s Sonargaon Hotel yesterday was cancelled following a court injunction.
A faction of National People’s Party (NPP), a component of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, was scheduled to arrange Iftar.
NPP chairman Fariduzzaman Farhad said the hotel authorities cancelled the booking for the Iftar at its ballroom, forcing them to call the programme off.
He said the hotel authorities revoked the booking on the orders of Ramna police station.
Ramna police station sub-inspector Ali Hossain, however, said they only executed a lower court injunction in this regard.
He said NPP is registered with the election commission in the name of Sheikh Shawkat Hossain Nilu.
As its rival group led by Farhad booked the hotel recently for the programme under the banner of NPP, the Nilu-led fraction moved a Dhaka court which issued the injunction on the programme.
On July 21, 2014, the Farahd-led group expelled its chairman Nilu for attending an iftar hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Farhad, who was NPP secretary general, declared himself as its new chairman.
However, Nilu claimed that he earlier expelled Farhad from the party.
Later, the Nilu-led fraction quit the 20-party alliance.

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