Dhaka – Awami League, the oldest political party in Bangladesh, has got a newly constructed office at Dhaka’s central Bangabandhu Avenue to run its programmes and activities.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, inaugurated the 10-storyed newly constructed office building coinciding the party’s 69th founding anniversary on Saturday.
The AL headquarters is located at the same 23 Bangabandhu Avenue with a new look. The party arranged a ceremony for the inauguration of the new office building that included hoisting the national and party flags. The national anthem was played at the beginning of the programme.
Hasina released pigeons and balloons and planted a sapling in front of the building. A prayer was also offered seeking blessing on the party that worked for the people’s democratic rights for nearly seven decades.
The building, constructed on 8 kathas of land with modern facilities, will have offices for the party president, general secretary, presidium members, joint general secretaries and associate organisations.
It has a digital library, VIP lounge, journalists’ lounge, prayers room, restroom, dormitory, canteen and lift.
The name of ‘Bangladesh Awami League’ has been inscribed with large steel alphabets on the building’s front side. Party symbol ‘Boat’ is next to that.
A mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is on the upper side of the building. Murals of Liberation War and surrender of Pakistani troops at the Suhrawardy Udyan have also been set at the building.
“Joy Bangla Joy Bangabandhu” slogan and four principles of the party have been inscribed on the front wall of the building. The party has a plan to build a permanent monument in memory of those killed in a grisly grenade attack on August 21, 2004 in front of the building.
The party office will conduct its organisational works from the headquarters. But its election campaigning and activities of party’s research wing will be conducted from the party president’s political office in Dhanmondi.