The ruling Awami League is set to arrange the biggest rally in its history on March 7, to commemorate the historic speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the day in 1971.
Awami League leaders told the Dhaka Tribune that the ruling party has planned a public meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 7, to celebrate Unesco’s recognition of the historic March 7 speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
Awami League units from Dhaka and adjacent districts have completed their public campaigns to make the meeting successful, and hope that thousands of people from all walks of lives will join the rally.
Aiming to promote attendance at the program, Awami League arranged numerous meetings with several units, including those of Dhaka North and South as well as Narayanganj, Manikganj, Gazipur, Tangail, Narsingdi and Munshiganj, Awami League Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap said.
According to the office secretary, the public meeting is scheduled to be held at Suhrawardy Udyan at around 2pm, and will be presided by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“In the prime minister’s presence, a fourth-grade student will recite Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech, and poet Rusell Ashequi will recite his poem titled 'Ekty Bhashon Ekty Desh' (One speech, one country),” Golap added.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, during his visit to Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday, told journalists that the meeting on March 7 will be the biggest in the history of Bangladesh since 1975.
Awami League joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman said: “Awami League’s March 7 public meeting is the first commemoration of the event after Unesco’s recognition, and we are ready to arrange the biggest rally ever.”
Mohammad Iqbal Hossain Sabuj, general secretary of Gazipur district Awami League, said: “Awami League central command has instructed us to gather a huge number of people from the district at the Suhrawardy Udyan meeting.”
He hoped that nearly 500,000 people would attend.