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Awami League celebrates its 69th founding anniversary

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated Awami League’s new political office at 23, Bangabandhu Avenue in Gulistan

Update : 24 Jun 2018, 01:35 AM

Awami League, Bangladesh’s oldest and largest political party celebrated its 69th founding anniversary in a befitting manner on Saturday.

The party’s journey started on June 23 in 1949 when a young, secular and progressive g section of the Muslim League formed East Pakistan Awami Muslim League at a meeting at the historic Rose Garden at KM Das Lane in Dhaka’s Tikatuli.

Maulana Abdul Hamid Bhashani was elected president of the party and Shamsul Hoque, the general secretary.

The party was later rechristened Awami League. In July 1953, the first National Council of the party was held;during which Bhashani was re-electedpresident and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the new general secretary.

The Awami Leagueand its affiliate organizations paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museumin the city’s Dhanmondi 32 around 9am on Saturday..

The ruling partyalso hoisted the national and party flags at all of its offices across the country.

The party also remembered all of its founding leaders, including Bhashani, ShamsulHoque, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardyand others.

Sheikh Hasina opens new party office

On the occasion of the party’s 69th founding anniversary, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday also inaugurated Awami League’s new political office at 23, Bangabandhu Avenue in Gulistan.

Hasina, also the Awami League chief, was accompanied by central leaders of the party and its associate organizations, members of her Cabinet and party lawmakers at the inauguration.

The 10-storey building built with a budget of Tk15 crore was financed by party leaders and activists.

According to Awami League sources, the new office building includes modern facilities such as a state-of-the-art conference hall, seminar room, multimedia library, separate lounges for VIPs and journalists, cafeteria, dormitories and car parking.

The party president and the general secretary have their own offices housed in the building. 

Of the 10 floors, seven will be used for organizational activities, where party leaders and activists from all units of the Awami League will have adequate office spaces.

The party chief’s own office will be on the eight floor and the offices of the general secretary and joint-general secretaries on the seventh floor.

The building will house a 300-seat conference hall, a 100-seat seminar room and a well-equipped research centre.

Awami League earlier had planned to inaugurate the new office in March, but the ceremony was postponed due to delays in the construction

The demolition of the previous Awami League central office began in July 2016.

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