BNP paid homage to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam by placing wreaths at his grave beside the Dhaka University central mosque on Saturday, marking his 125th birth anniversary.

A BNP delegation, led by its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, went to the poet’s grave around 7 am and placed the wreaths there.

The delegation also offered fateha at the poet’s grave and offered a munajat seeking the salvation of the departed soul of the country’s national poet.

Talking to reporters, Rizvi said Nazrul’s songs and literary creations inspire the nation to protest against the persisting political situation, repression and suppression as well as to move forward braving all obstacles.

 “We have continued the struggle to restore democracy and freedom of the press learning the language of protest Nazrul taught us. We remember Nazrul when we go to jail,” he said.

Nazrul’s 125th birth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday with various programmes by Dhaka University, governmental and non-governmental organizations and cultural platforms.

On this day in 1899, Nazrul was Born in Churulia village, West Bengal. His fiery poetry and creative genius have left an indelible mark on Bengali literature.