Dhaka, April 17: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s portrait at Dhanmondi Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on the occasion of the historic Mujibnagar Day.
She also placed a wreath as Awami League (AL) president flanked by central leaders of the party at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
Among others, AL’s Advisory Council members Tofail Ahmed and Advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun, presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Mohammad Nasim, Obaidul Quader, Advocate Sahara Khatun and Satish Chandra Roy, joint secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, Dr Abdur Razzak, Dr Hasan Mahmud, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Barrister Sheikh Fazley Noor Taposh, MP, Pankaj Devnath, MP, Jubo League Chairman Alhaj Omar Faruk Chowdhury were present on the occasion.
Later, the leaders of AL’s associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Swechchhasebak League, Sramik League and Krishak League, laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
On this day in 1971, Bangladesh’s first government in exile was formed at the Baidyanathtala mango grove in Meherpur, in the then Kushtia district, which was later renamed Mujibnagar in tribute to Bangabandhu who had been declared as the president of the government-in-exile.
Syed Nazrul Islam was appointed the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu.
Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first Prime Minister while Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamaruzzaman were made cabinet members.
The successful leadership of the core cabinet steered the Liberation War to the victory on December 16 in 1971.