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PM pays homage to Bangabandhu

Update : 17 Apr 2013, 05:07 AM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city on the occasion of the historic Mujibnagar Day.

After laying the wreath, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence as a mark of respect to the memory of Bangabandhu.

Flanked by leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.

Awami League advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, advocate Sahara Khatun and Satish Chandra Roy, general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, prime minister's adviser Dr Syed Modasser Ali and state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Enamul Haque were present, among others.

Besides, AL organising secretary Ahmed Hossain, Labour Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj and information and research secretary Advocate Afzal Hussain, parliament members and other central leaders of the party and its associate organisations were present on the occasion.

Later, the leaders of AL’s associate bodies including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Swechchhasebak League, Sramik League and Krishak League laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.

On this day in 1971, Bangladesh’s first government in exile was formed at the Baidyanathtola mango grove in Meherpur, the then Kushtia district.

The place was later renamed Mujibnagar in tribute to Bangabandhu who had been declared as the president of the government-in-exile.

Syed Nazrul Islam was appointed the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu. Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first prime minister, while Khandaker Moshtaq Ahmed, Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamaruzzaman were made cabinet members.

The successful leadership of the core cabinet steered the Liberation War to victory on December 16 that year.



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