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Sheikh Hasina’s 38th Homecoming Day Friday

  • Published at 08:43 pm May 16th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Dhaka Tribune

The Awami League will arrange discussion meetings and an art exhibition at the Engineers Institute in Dhaka to mark the day

Friday, May 17, is Awami League President, and Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina’s 38th Homecoming Day. 

The ruling party has chalked out several programs to mark the day.

The Awami League will arrange discussion meetings and an art exhibition at the Engineers Institute in Dhaka to mark the day. Awami League units and affiliated organizations will also host different programs to celebrate the occasion. 

According to Mahabubul Alam Hanif, acting general secretary  of the party, Awami League will organize various events starting from Friday to May 31, across the country.

The murder of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members by a group of army officers on August 15, 1975 had made it difficult for his two surviving daughters—Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana—to return to their motherland.

Both sisters were in Germany during the assassination, and moved to India 19 days later.

Six years later, Sheikh Hasina landed in Dhaka from Delhi via Kolkata on May 17, 1981 with her daughter, where she was greeted by Awami League leaders, activists, and thousands of supporters  at the Dhaka Airport. 

Three months before the return of Hasina, the party had made her the president at a national council of the Awami League held from February 14-16.

On landing at the airport, Sheikh Hasina joined a rally in Manik Mia Avenue, where she said: “I have come to stand beside the people of Bangladesh. I have taken part in the struggle for freedom. 

"I have not come to be the leader of Awami League. I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your daughter, and as an activist of the Awami League—who believe in the ideals of Bangabandhu," she declared at the rally. 

After the rally, in the evening, amidst heavy rain, Sheikh Hasina moved with a large crowd to Dhanmondi 32, the house of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, where the family had been assassinated. 

She wanted to see her home and pray for the departed souls of the massacre, but was barred from entering the compound by security.

The Awami League president then sat with her party members out on the road and held a prayer for her family members, after which she went to her husband's house.