Senior Awami League leaders assembled in Baidyanathtala, a mango orchard, later named Mujibnagar, in Meherpur district on April 17, 1971
Historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed today, marking the formation of Bangladesh's first government that led to the War of Liberation in 1971.
Senior Awami League leaders assembled in Baidyanathtala, a mango orchard, later named Mujibnagar, in Meherpur district on April 17, 1971. They assembled to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh, in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was arrested and flown to Pakistan after the Pakistan military crackdown on Bangalis on the night of March 25, 1971, reports UNB.
With him absent and arrested, Bangabandhu was declared the first President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Vice-president Syed Nazrul Islam was made acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu.
Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first Prime Minister, while Khandoker Moshtaque Ahmed, M Mansur Ali, and AHM Quamaruzzaman were named cabinet members.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on this anniversary of Mujibnagar day.
In his message, the President said: "Independence is the greatest achievement of the Bangali nation. It's our moral duty to present to our young generation, the proper history of our struggle for independence. On historic Mujibnagar Day, I hope the young generation will know the true history of the Liberation War, and not depart from involving themselves in nation-building, inspired by patriotism."
In her message, the Prime Minister urged the people of the country to engage themselves in building Bangladesh, to make it free of hunger, poverty, and illiteracy, as dreamt of by Bangabandhu.
Awami League and various socio-economic organizations have chalked out elaborate programs for the occasion.
The ruling party's programmes include hoisting of the national and party flags at Bangabandhu Bhaban, the party's central office, and all of its district unit offices, at 6am.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will place a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban in the city, at 7am.
Ruling party leaders will also place wreaths at the Memorial Monument in Mujibnagar, Meherpur, at 10am. There will be a public rally in Mujibnagar at Sheikh Hasina Mancha, at 10:30am.