Mar 7 speech was apparently actual declaration of independence: PM

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Dhaka, Mar 07: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the historic 7th March speech was apparently the actual declaration of independence as Bangabandhu uttered twice with utmost assertion that this time the struggle is for our freedom and this time the struggle is for our independence.

“He (Bangabandhu) said twice that “Ebarer Sangram Muktir Sangram. Ebarer Sangram Swadhinatar Sangram” (this time the struggle is for our freeedom. This time the struggle for our independence) giving utmost assertion in his speech. That means he had already clearly said that it’d be the struggle for independence and it’d be a war of independence. So, the 7th March speech can be said as the actual declaration of independence from this point of view,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while addressing a virtual programme arranged by the Cultural Affairs Ministry to mark the Historic 7th March.

She virually joined the funtion, held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city, from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Noting that Bangabandhu had known that he might not be alive during the official proclamation of the independence, the Prime Minister said, “So, he gave the declaration of the independence in his historic speech.”

Sheikh Hasina said the historic 7th March speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a very effective war strategy as he had given all directives to the nation to take preparation for a guerrilla war.

“What effective his speech is from the point of view of a war strategy! and what realistic his every step is! That is very important,” she said.