Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party will celebrate the 71th founding anniversary of the party on Tuesday.
The party, founded on June 23, 1949 from a meeting of the supporters of Hussein Shaheed Suhrawardy at the Rose Garden of KM Das Lane in Dhaka’s old part, passed through a lots of ups and downs in the history.
It led numerous democratic movements, including a 1971 war creating a country, Bangladesh, after fighting deprivation and subjugation by the then Pakistani rulers.
The history of Bangladesh and of the Awami League is hence inseparable part of history of this part of the world.
Amid the global novel coronavirus pandemic, this year, the most of the celebration on its founding anniversary will mostly be on virtual platform.
The national flag will be hoisted at all AL offices across the country. Floral wreaths will also be placed on the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
After the Liberation War, the party’s leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, one of the founders of the party, began to build Bangladesh as a non-communal country.
Following the footprints of her father’s ideology, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is heading the country towards development.
Coming out from Muslim League, progressive leaders and workers formed Awami Muslim League, which was the first opposition party in the then East Bengal (later renamed East Pakistan).
Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani became the President, Shamsul Haq of Tangail general secretary while Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was made joint secretary.
In a process of secularization, the word “Muslim” was later dropped from the name of the party. Bangabandhu came to the leadership of Awami League amid 1966.
Awami League led the Mass Upsurge against the Pakistani occupied force in 1969, prompting to join the Liberation War in 1971 to free the people from the centuries-old subordination.
After the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on August 15, 1975 and killing of four national leaders inside the Dhaka Central Jail on November 3 same year, Awami League became leaderless.
Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, took the helm of Awami League and reunited it after her homecoming from the exile in 1981. She has since been leading the party for three decades and formed the government in three times side by side with waging different democratic movements.