The nation is observing the historic Mujibnagar Day on Thursday to mark the formation of the Bangladesh’s first government in exile.
Different political parties, including the ruling Awami League and its associated bodies, socio-cultural and professional bodies, have chalked out a day-long programme to celebrate the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent separate messages on the occasion of the historic day.
The programmes started with the hoisting the national and party flags at all offices of the Awami League across the country at 6am and placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi at 7am.
Besides, the Awami League central committee will place wreaths at Mujibnagar Memorial in Meherpur at 11am. The party will also organise a discussion meeting there to highlight the significance of the day at Hasina Moncho of Meherpur.
Awami League Presidium Member and industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu will address the function as chief guest while its presidium member Mohammad Nasim will preside over it.
On this day in 1971 the provisional Bangladesh government named Mujibnagar Government was constituted at the Mango Orchard at Baidyanathtala of Meherpur during the Liberation War.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was chosen as the president of the maiden government of Bangladesh.
After the declaration of independence when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was arrested on the mid-night of March 25 vice-president of the government Syed Nazul Islam served as the acting president.
Tajuddin Ahmed was the prime minister, Khondakar Mostaq Ahmed foreign minister, M Mansur Ali Finance Minister and AHM Qamaruzzaman was the home and relief minister of the provisional government.
This core cabinet steered the Liberation War to the victory on December 16 that year.