The ruling Awami League will celebrate its 68th founding anniversary today.
On this day in 1949, the party was formed as East Pakistan Awami Muslim League at the historic Rose Garden in Old Dhaka. Later, the word ‘Muslim’ was dropped from the party’s name with an aim to incorporate secularism into its ideology.
To observe the day, the Awami League has chalked out elaborate programmes including the hoisting of the national and party flags atop its offices across the country.
At 9am, wreaths will be laid at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi in Dhaka and also at his grave in Tungipara of Gopalganj at the same time.
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Every year, Awami League’s founding anniversary is celebrated amid much fanfare, and processions are brought out all around the country Mehedi Hasan
Issuing a statement, Awami League General Secretary and also Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies to “observe the day in a befitting manner.”
The Awami League played a key role in all democratic movements of the nation, from the 1952 Language Movement to the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangabandhu and almost all of his family members were assassinated in August 1975, causing the Awami League to lose state power. His daughter, the current AL leader and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, was not in the country at the time.
In 1996, the party came to power again under Hasina’s leadership and ruled the country until 2001. In 2008, Awami League again achieved a landslide victory in the parliamentary polls and it also won the 10th parliamentary elections on January 5 in 2014, which were boycotted by the main BNP opposition party.