The nation will observe historic Mujibnagar Day today, commemorating the formation of the provisional government of Bangladesh in 1971.
The ruling Awami League and other political parties and socio-cultural organisations have taken elaborate programmes to mark the day.AL leaders and activists will lay wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban in the capital at 7:00am.
National and party flags will be flown at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi and AL offices across the country at 6:00am. The national flag will be hoisted at Mujibnagar at 6:00am.
Wreaths will also be laid at Mujibnagar Memorial at 10:00am while a discussion will be held at Sheikh Hasina Mancha at 10:30am.
AL central and local leader will address the discussion with AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim in the chair.
National dailies will publish special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private radio and television channels will broadcast special programmes.
On April 17, 1971, senior Awami League leaders, led by Tajuddin Ahmed, gathered at Baidyanathtala in Meherpur under Kushtia formed the provisional government of Bangladesh.The historic development came 24 days after Pakistani occupation army’s crackdown on unarmed Bengalis on the night of March 25, 1971.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was made the first president of Bangladesh.
Bangabandhu, who was taken captive by the Pakistani army at the night, Tajuddin, prime minister of the provisional government, led the War of Independence.
Syed Nazrul Islam was made the acting president.
A seven-member cabinet of the government included Khandker Moshtaque Ahmed, minister of foreign affairs and law, Captain Muhammad Mansur Ali, finance minister, and AHM Quamruzzaman, minister for home, relief and rehabilitation.
Colonel (retired) Ataul Ghani Osmani, a member of the national assembly, was made the commander-in-chief of Mukti Bahini.
The provisional government appointed Colonel (retired) Abdur Rob as chief of staff of Mukti Bahini.
Baiddyanathtala was later renamed Mujibnagar after Sheikh Mujib who inspired the nation to fight for independence.
Awami League under Sheikh Mujib’s leadership swept the 1970 general election in the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. It won 160 out of 162 National Assembly seats of Pakistan and 288 of the 300 Provincial Assembly seats.