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AL’s 71st founding anniversary celebrated

DHAKA, June 23, 2020 (BSS) – Bangladesh Awami League (AL), one of
the country’s oldest political parties, celebrated its 71st founding
anniversary today on a limited scale with different programmes
particularly on virtual media in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Founded on this day in 1949, Awami League has been transformed into
an organisation of masses by leading all the
democratic-political-social-cultural movements including the long
arduous struggle for freedom and the War of Liberation.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued
separate messages on the eve of the anniversary.

To mark the anniversary, national and party flags were hoisted atop
all party offices including the Bangabandhu Avenue central office
here.

The programmes included placing of wreaths at the portrait of Father
of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the premises of
Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the capital and at the mausoleum of
Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj in the morning maintaining
health guidelines.

AL and its front and associate bodies paid rich tributes to Father
of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at
his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.

On behalf of Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina, Awami
League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister
Obaidul Quader first laid a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu.

Later, he flanked by party’s top leaders placed another wreath at
the portrait of Bangabandhu on the occasion.

AL Advisory Council member Amir Hossain Amu, Presidium members Begum
Matia Chowdhury and Abdul Matin Khasru, Information Minister and Awami
League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, Organizing secretaries
Ahmed Hossain, Sakhawat Hossain Shafiq and Mirza Azam, AL Publicity
and Publication Affairs Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, AL Science and
Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Md Abdus Sabur, Women and
Children Affairs Secretary Meher Afroz Chumki,

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Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Shree Sujit Roy Nandi, Education
and Human Resources Secretary Shamsun Nahar Chapa, Health and
Population Affairs Secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, Forest and Environment
Secretary Delwar Hossain, AL Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan, AL
South City unit President Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Jubo Mohila League
President Nazma Akhter were present on the occasion, among others.

Later, AL’s front and associate bodies paid rich tributes to Father
of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at
his portrait.

The leaders and workers of Awami League’s associate bodies,
including Awami Jubo League, Dhaka city north and south units of AL,
Bangladesh Tanti League, Chhatra League, Mahila Awami League, Sramik
League, Krishak League, Awami Matsyajibi League, Jubo Mohila League
and Swechchhasebok League also paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing
wreaths at his portrait on the occasion.

Besides, different socio-cultural organizations including
Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote and Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad
(SWACHIP) paid homage to Bangabandhu marking the AL’s founding
anniversary.

On behalf of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), its mayor
Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh paid homage to the portrait of
Bangabandhu.

Besides, doa and munajat were offered in the afternoon at Awami
League President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office seeking
eternal peace of departed souls of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of 1975 carnage, four national
leaders, 1971 martyrs, martyrs of different movements and struggles,
and those AL leaders who died of coronavirus infection.

Healthy and long lives of Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister and
AL President Sheikh Hasina and family members of Bangabandhu were also
sought during Dua.

Awami Matshyajibi League released 50,000 and one lakh fish fries in
Hatirjheel lake and Dhanmondi-32 lake here respectively marking the
day and at the initiative of Bangladesh Krishak League, seasonal
fruits and coronavirus prevention items were distributed among the
freedom fighters.

To mark the day, a webinar on ‘Youth Expectations from Bangladesh
Awami League’ will be held tonight which can be watched live from
8:30pm on the party’s official Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/awamileague.1949/) and YouTube channel
(https://www.youtube.com/user/myalbd), said a press release.

It will also be aired on private run Somoy television and Bijoy TV
as well as the official Facebook pages of leading national dailies
including Dainik Ittefaq and Samakal and online portal bdnews24.com.

The discussants of the program were AL Organizing Secretaries Abu
Sayeed Al Mahmud Shapan, MP, and Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel, Office
Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Forest and Environment Secretary
Delwar Hossain, Research and Information Secretary Dr Selim Mahmud,
International Affairs Secretary Dr Shammi Ahmed and Central Working
Committee members Golam Kabir Rabbani Chinu and Marufa Akter Popi.
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant and a member of Awami League’s
International Affairs Sub-committee Barrister Shah Ali Farhad will
moderate the webinar.

AL will hold another special webinar titled ‘Mass people’s party
Awami League’ tomorrow. It will be screened on the party’s official
Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/awamileague.1949/) and YouTube
channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/myalbd/) at 8.30pm.

The programme will also be broadcast live on private-run television
channels Somoy television and Bijoy TV, Facebook pages of national
dailies including Ittefaq, Samakal and Jugantor, online portals
bdnews24.com, Banglanews24, Jagonews24.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges
Minister Obaidul Quader, Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury,
Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Lt Col (retd) Faruque Khan, Dhaka
University former Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique and senior
journalist Ajay Dasgupta will join it online as discussants.

Former student leader and journalist Subash Singha Roy will moderate it.

The country’s biggest political party was floated as Awami Muslim
League at the historical Rose Garden at KM Das Lane in Dhaka on this
day in 1949. However, the word ‘Muslim’ was dropped at its third
council in 1955.

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