A section of leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies have marred the sanctity of the National Mourning Day by using colourful posters, banners and festoons inscribed with the images of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
They are also using colourful images of other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.Besides, images of some other prominent leaders of various tiers and mushroomed organisations are seen in those irrelevant self-promotion campaigns to draw the attention of public.
Such materials have large pictures of the campaigners and ‘tiny‘ photographs of Bangabandhu, other martyrs of the August 15 carnage and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Apart from these, colourful posters, banners and festoons are being used by aspirants to carry out publicity regarding the upcoming by-election to Dhaka-5 and Dhaka-18 constituencies, ruining the essence of the mourning month.
Talking to the Daily Sun, former Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique said such irrelevant activities are unacceptable on the martyrdom day of Bangabandhu as it is a black chapter in our history.
“It is a matter of ethics and values that whether you will observe the day with befitting manner or turn it to a celebration,” he said.
Being the month of mourning, August has a special importance to the people and different political parties.Considering the significance, many programmes are organised by the organisation. They also have posters, banners, festoons and placards, showing their solidarity to the loss the nation had faced on the fateful night of August 15, 1975.
The Awami League has organised a month-long programme and printed banners, posters and festoons from the outset of the month as it does every year in remembrance of the Father of the Nation.
Taking advantage of the day, a section of leaders of the party’s front and associate bodies and a number of self-proclaimed leaders and activists of the Awami League and other mushroomed organisations do it all only to come to the limelight. Coming down heavily over those fame-seekers, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday called upon party leaders and activists not to spoil the atmosphere of the National Mourning Day. “All have to remain vigilant so that the atmosphere of the National Mourning Day is not marred for the fulfilment of the interests of any individual and quarter alongside the values of Awami League are not tarnished,” he said.
Printing banners, placards, posters and festoons is common using photos and names of the leaders and activists which are bigger than that of Bangabandhu.
Central leaders of the party said the so-called leaders and activists are also defaming Bangabandhu and his ideology through the mourning day posters and banners.
While visiting different parts of the capital, the Daily Sun correspondent has found hundreds of such posters and banners reading messages on the National Mourning Day.
However, there is no specific party rule on how to make a banner or poster, and there is no restriction or bar in this regard as well. After assuming in power in 2009, party several times came up with verbal warning to the leaders and activists not to use photographs except those of Sheikh Hasina and Bangabandhu during publicity but no one paid attention over the directives.
Even the party has warned of taking actions against violators but the shameless rigorous campaign continues for year after year targeting different issues.