Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) celebrated its 73rd founding anniversary in a befitting manner across the country on Monday.
BCL, the largest student organisation in the country having glorious heritage of struggle and success, was founded on January 4 in 1948 on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s instruction with a view to achieving the country’s independence.The student wing of the ruling Awami League has taken elaborate programmes, marking its founding anniversary.
The day’s programmes included hoisting national and party flags at party offices at 6:30am, placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in Dhanmondi-32 at 8:00am through maintaining the health guidelines, cutting cake on Dhaka University Curzon Hall premises at 9:30am.
Later, a discussion was held at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh auditorium where Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina addressed the programme as the chief guest through videoconferencing.
A delegation of the student body paid rich tributes to the Bangabandhu at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj, where a milad mahfil was held.
In line with the central BCL, different programmes, including discussions, were held countrywide. Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar released a commemorative postage stamp marking the day.
The BCL has been leading all democratic and progressive movements in the country since its inception. The student organisation attained victory in all struggles in exchange of great sacrifices.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 carnage, student movement in 1983 and anti-autocratic movement in 1990.
It 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 organisation also waged a strong movement after the one-eleven changeover when the army-backed government arrested Sheikh Hasina on July 16 in 2007 without any reason.