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Nation observing Mujibnagar Day

Update : 16 Apr 2015, 07:35 PM

The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed in a befitting manner commemorating the formation of the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in exile during the War of Liberation in 1971.

On this day in 1971, the provisional Bangladesh government in exile named Mujibnagar Government was constituted at Meherpur’s Baidyanathtala, later renamed as Mujibnagar, with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the president, Syed Nazul Islam as vice-president and Tajuddin Ahmed as prime minister. In the absence of Bangabandhu, who was arrested after March 25 and kept in a jail in the then West Pakistan, Syed Nazrul Islam was chosen as the acting president of the provisional government.

Colonel (later General) MAG Osmani was made the Commander-in-Chief of the Mukti Bahini while Major General Abdur Rob was appointed as the chief of staff.

The Mujibnagar Government led the war of liberation in 1971 and freed the country from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation forces on December 16 the same year fighting a nine-month-long war.

On the eve of the historic day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have sent separate messages.

Different political parties, socio-cultural-professional bodies and government and non-government organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.

Bangladesh missions abroad will also organise programmes to mark the day.

The National Dailies will publish special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.

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