Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan as tens of thousands of people gathered there to celebrate the UN recognition of a speech by Bangladesh independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League party and the daughter of Bangabandhu, is scheduled to address the audience of at the gathering organised by a pro-government civic group.
The rally was organised after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation recognised Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic March 7 speech (in 1971) as a world documentary heritage.
The speech inspired the whole nation to wage an armed struggle against Pakistani rulers to liberate Bangladesh, the then eastern wing of Pakistan.
The rally began in the afternoon with Dhaka University Emeritus Professor Anisuzzaman in the chair.
The UNESCO recognised the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu as part of world’s documentary heritage on October 31.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova announced it saying the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu has been included in the Memory of the World International Register, a list of world’s important documentary heritage maintained by the UNESCO.
Senior Awami League leaders, activists, and supporters from different parts of the city started thronging to the venue from the early afternoon as the organisers completed all necessary preparation for holding the rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan previously known as Race Course Ground (where Bangabandhu addressed his people on March 7, 1971).
Earlier on Wednesday, AL central committee organized a meeting at the party president’s Dhanmondi office to make the rally a success. AL lawmakers from Dhaka and leaders of associate organisations attended the meeting.