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Mujibnagar Day being observed

  • Published at 01:01 pm April 17th, 2019
File photo of Mujibnagar Memorial Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The day marks the formation of Bangladesh's first government in 1971

The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed, marking the formation of Bangladesh's first government that led the War of Liberation in 1971 throughout Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of historic Mujibnagar Day, on Wednesday.

She paid homage by placing a wreath at Bangabandhu's portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, in the morning.

After laying the wreath, she stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country's independence.

Flanked by central leaders of her party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.

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Later, the leaders of Awami League'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.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.

In his message, the president said: "Independence is the greatest achievement of the Bangali nation. I hope the young generation will know the true history of Liberation War — in addition to 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 from hunger, poverty, and illiteracy — as dreamt by Bangabandhu.

Awami League and different socio-economic organizations have chalked out elaborate events on the occasion.

On this day in 1971, senior leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala—a mango orchard that was later named as Mujibnagar—in Meherpur district on April 17, to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh — in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He was arrested and flown to Pakistan after Pakistan's military cracked down on the Bangalis on the night of March 25, 1971.

Bangabandhu was declared the first president of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, while Vice-president Syed Nazrul Islam became the 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.