The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed on Monday marking the formation of Bangladesh's first government that led the War of Liberation in 1971.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the morning by placing wreaths at the portrait of the great leader in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital on the occasion, UNB reports.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath as the Awami League President paying homage to Bangabandhu.
To mark the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes at Mujibnagar in Meherpur and the capital to mark the day.
Awami League and different socio-economic organisations have also worked out elaborate programmes on the occasion.
On this day in 1971, the nation witnessed the oath-taking of the country's first government.
On April 17, 1971, the mango-grove village at Baidyanathtala witnessed the ceremonial formation of the provisional government of Bangladesh and millions of freedom-loving people listened to the announcement of the formation of the government through radio.
Following the Pakistan occupation forces’ attack on unarmed people on the night of March 25 in 1971, the first government of an independent People's Republic of Bangladesh was formed on April 10 in 1971 comprising elected representatives with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as its President, while Syed Nazrul Islam Vice-President and Tajuddin Ahmad Prime Minister.
On April 10, the elected representatives firmly supported and approved the declaration of independence by Bangabandhu on March 26, 1971, and issued a formal proclamation of independence.