Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the largest student organization having glorious history of struggle and success, today celebrated its 72nd founding anniversary through elaborate programs.
This historic organization came into being on January 4 in 1948 at the instruction of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with an aim to attaining the country’s independence.The three-day long celebration commenced with hoisting of national and party flags at party offices at 6.30 am and placing of wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi road-32 at 7.00 am today.
After cutting a cake at Dhaka University (DU) Curzon Hall around 8.00am, BCL organised a reunion programme at 2.30 pm at Suhrawardy Udyan with presence of Prime Minister, also president of Awami League Sheikh Hasina, as the chief guest.
Former BCL presidents and general secretaries including AL general secretary Obaidul Quader took part in the reunion program, conducted by BCL secretary Lekhak Bhattacharya with its president Al Nahian Khan Joy in the chair.
This three-day long celebration programmes also included a voluntary blood donation campaign to be held on January 6 around 10.00am at Bottola beside Aparajeyo Bangla on DU campus, while educational materials would be distributed among students on January 7 at 10.00am.
Marking the anniversary, winter clothes will also be distributed among the impoverished people on January 7 at 4 pm in front of Shoparjito Shadhinota Sculpture at TSC.
Earlier, on Friday night all DU hall units of BCL held colorful rallies on the campus.After placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu, BCL president Al Nahian Khan Joy said BCL will not be the sanctuary of any disobedient or disorderly people. “We are working with an aim to find quality leadership of BCL across the country,” he said.
BCL General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharya said only those who are doing organization bearing the ideology of Bangabandhu and maintaining the constitution will be evaluated.
BCL men will be well-mannered as per the instruction of the premier, said BCL president Joy while speaking in the reunion at Suhrawardy Udyan today.
The BCL played pioneering roles in the language movement in 1952, in the victory of Jukta Front in 1954 polls, anti-Aiyub movement in 1958, education movement in 1962, six-point movement in 1966, mass upsurge in 1969, elections in 1970, the great Liberation War in 1971, rehabilitation activities in post-war Bangladesh, movement for restoration of democracy after 1975 changeover, student movement in 1983 and anti-autocratic movement in 1990.
The BCL was also engaged in the movement launched by Sheikh Hasina against the ‘state terrorism’ unleashed by the then BNP-Jamaat alliance government after the 2001 polls.
The BCL also waged a strong movement after the 1/11 changeover when the army-backed government arrested Sheikh Hasina on July 16 in 2007 without any reason.
Now the BCL is working relentlessly for building a digital Bangladesh.