November 7 will be observed today (Friday) amidst controversy over the events of the day in 1975.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Somajtantrik Dal (JSD) will observe the day with conflicting spirits while ruling party Awami League will observe it as a day of killing of Freedom Fighters in the Army.
BNP observes the day as 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day', to commemorate the civil-military 'uprising' in 1975 that paved the way for the then army chief Gen Ziaur Rahman to seize power. JSD, on the other hand, observes it as the day of "civil-military revolution" terming Gen Zia "a betrayer".
Other political parties and different socio-cultural organisations will also observe the day with different historical perspectives.
After the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975 in a military coup, many military and political groups fought for the state power.
On November 3, 1975, Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf staged a coup and unseated the government of Khondker Mustaq Ahmed, who came to power after the assassination of Bangabandhu. Gen Zia was interned in the cantonment.
Col Abu Taher, a sector commander during the 1971 Liberation War, led the civil military uprising on November 7 against Khaled Mosharraf who was killed in the uprising. Taher freed Zia from captivity.
Gen Zia then seized power, arrested Col Taher and hanged him after staging a secret trial in court martial inside Dhaka Central Jail. Thus the friend becomes a foe and since then JSD calls Zia "a traitor."
BNP and its associate bodies have chalked out a 10-day programme to observe the day in a befitting manner.