AL`s 72nd founding anniversary celebrated across country
Published: 09:32 PM, 23 June 2021 Updated: 09:33 PM, 23 June 2021
Bangladesh Awami League (AL), one of the country's oldest political parties, celebrated its 72nd founding anniversary today on a limited scale with different programmes particularly on virtual media in the wake of coronavirus outbreak across the country. At the district and upazila level, leaders and activists of Awami League, its affiliated organizations have celebrated the founding anniversary by laying wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, cutting cakes, praying and Milad mahfil by maintaining proper hygiene rules.
Founded on this day in 1949, Awami League has been transformed into an organisation of masses by leading all the democratic-political-social-cultural movements including the long arduous struggle for freedom and the War of Liberation.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the anniversary.
To mark the anniversary, national and party flags were hoisted atop all party offices including the Bangabandhu Avenue central office.
The programmes included placing of wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the capital and at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj in the morning maintaining health guidelines.
On the occasion of the founding anniversary of AL, the programme was started in the morning with the laying of wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
To mark the day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage by placing wreath to the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban in city's Dhanmondi Number 32 area in the morning.
Following placing wreath, Awami League President and Prime Minister Hasina stood in solemn silence for a while paying homage to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence.
Later, Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, flanked by party's top leaders placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on the occasion.
AL Presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Shahjahan Khan, Joint General Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Dr Dipu Moni and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Organizing secretaries Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel, Abu Saeed Al Mahmoud Swapan and Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel, Publicity and Publications Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Relief and Disaster Management Affairs Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Md Abdus Sabur, Forests and Environment Affairs Secretary Delwar Hossain, Agriculture and Cooperative Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laili, Deputy Secretary Sayem Khan and AL Central committee members Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin and Marufa Akhter Popy were also present on the occasion.
In Gopalganj: AL Presidium member Muhammad Faruk Khan paid homage at the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara at 10:30 am.
Earlier, the leaders paid their respects by laying wreaths at the altar of Bangabandhu's mausoleum under Faruk Khan's leadership. After that the district and upazila Awami League paid their respects. Later, they took part in Fateha and Path special prayers for the souls of Bangabandhu and the martyred members of the family killed on 15 August.
In Rajshahi: To mark the day, the Rajshahi city unit of the party paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths on his portraits and four national leaders in front of the party office.
City unit president of AL and Mayor of Rajshahi AHM Khairuzzaman Liton flanked by other front-ranking leaders and activists placed wreaths following health safety guidelines and other rules, set by the government.
Speaking on the occasion, Liton said Awami League is not only the oldest and largest political party in the country but also an incarnation of mainstream democracy and secular ideologies.
In Gaibandha: Marking the day, Bangladesh Awami League, the district unit chalked out the elaborate programmes included hoisting of national and party flags at the district AL office in the morning followed by placing wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation and architect of the Independence Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Later, a discussion was also held in the hall room of the party office with Advocate Syed Shams-ul-Alam Hiru in the chair.
The programme also celebrated in Mymensingh, Satkhira, Noakhali, Jhalokathi, Dinajpur, Lakshmipur, Jaypurhat, Kustia, Pabna, Narail, Rangamati, Meherpur, Natore, Bogura, Feni and other districts and upazila level across the country.