The nation observed the historic Mujibnagar Day on Monday commemorating the formation of Bangladesh’s first government that led country’s Liberation War in 1971.
On April 17 in 1971, Bangladesh’s first government in exile was formed at the Baidyanathtala in Meherpur subdivision under the then Kushtia district.
The historic place was later renamed Mujibnagar showing tribute to the country’s independence hero Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was declared as the president of the government-in-exile.
Syed Nazrul Islam was made the acting president in absence of Bangabandhu while Tajuddin Ahmed was appointed the first prime minister of the government formed on April 17.
The Mujibnagar government led the country’s nine-month liberation war that ended with the surrender of the occupation forces on December 16.
Ruling Awami League and different organisations chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of Mujibnagar Day.
She paid tribute to Bangabandhu by placing wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban in the capital’s Dhanmondi area in the morning to mark the day.
The premier also stood in solemn silence there for some time and placed another wreath flanked with AL leaders at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Matia Chowdhury, Abdur Razzak, Obaidul Quader, Abdur Rahman, among others, were present.
Later, different associate bodies of AL including Jubo League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Chhatra League, Swechhasebak League, Sramik League,Krishak League and Bangabnadhu Gobeshona Parishad paid floral tribute at the portrait of Bangabandhu.