Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina has expressed the hope that Awami League (AL) with the support of the people will establish a happy, prosperous, and developed 'Sonar Bangladesh' as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports BSS.
In a message issued on Wednesday marking the AL's 73rd founding anniversary, the PM also greeted the countrymen apart from party leaders, activists and admirers.
"On this day, I recall with profound respect the greatest Bangalee of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I recall Awami League's founding President Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani and general secretary Shamsul Haque. I recall with deep respect Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy," she said.
"In exchange for their supreme sacrifices, we have got an independent and sovereign state and Awami League has become the largest organisation to the people of Bangladesh," she added.
She with great respect recalled the four national leaders, all martyrs and all leaders and workers of AL who had embraced martyrdom to turn the party into the largest organisation of the mass people.
Awami League was formed on June 23 in 1949 at 'Rose Garden' on KM
Das Lane in Dhaka to emancipate the Bangalee nation and realise their rights, the premier said, adding that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was elected Joint General Secretary when he was in jail.
Noting that every achievement on this land was realised under the leadership of AL since its inception, Sheikh Hasina said, "The Language Movement in 1952, the Jukta Front election in 1954, the anti-Ayub movement in 1962, the restoration of communal harmony after the 1964 riot, the six-point movement in 1966 and the mass upsurge in 1969 took place under the leadership of the AL".
In the general elections of 1970, the people of Bangladesh gave an absolute majority to the Awami League and in continuation, Bangabandhu on March 7 in 1971 declared that "This time the struggle is for our freedom. This time the struggle is for our independence" the AL president mentioned.
She continued that on the Black Night of March 25 in 1971, the Pakistani occupation forces swooped on the unarmed people and began the history's most brutal genocide while Bangabandhu was also arrested.
The prime minister said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, however, had declared the country's independence (using the then EPR wireless) in the first hour of March 26 before his arrest.
The PM said the country had achieved its final victory on December 16 in 1971 following the Liberation War conducted under the AL government formed on April 17 at Mujibnagar in Meherpur district.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Awami League (AL), one of the country's oldest political parties, has chalked out an elaborate programme to celebrate its 73rd founding anniversary today (Thursday).
The anniversary programme will begin with hoisting the national and party flags atop all party offices, including the central office, in the morning.
Later, glowing tributes will be paid to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on a small scale by placing wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanmondi at 8:00 am.
Besides, a delegation of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) led by presidium member Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Faruq Khan will place wreaths at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 10:30 am, maintaining the health protocols.
The delegation will include ALCWC members Iqbal Hossain Apu, MP, and Syed Abdul Awal Shamim.
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