Historic 'Mujibnagar Day' observed in Meherpur
The historic Mujibnagar Day was observed in Meherpur district on a limited scale on Saturday, marking the formation of the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in 1971.
The day's programmes begain with 31-gun salute with the dawn at Sheikh Hasina Mancha.
Later, deputy commissioner Dr Munsur Alam Khan hoisted national flag while Awami League joint secretary Mahabub-ul-Alam Hanif, whip of the Jatiya Sangsad Abu Saeed Al Mahmud Swapan, state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain, superintendent of Meherpur district police SM Murad Ali, additional superintendent Jamirul Islam, and lawmaker Sahiduzzaman Khokon were also present.
They also placed floral wreaths on behalf of Liberation War Affairs Ministry and state minister of Public Administration Ministry.
Later, different political and socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at Mujibnagar memorial.
The day's programme was concluded with offering special munajat.
Every year the day is observed with elaborate programmes and but this year Awami League and different socio cultural organizations have cancelled the programmes due to outbreak of deadly coronavirus that already claimed 10,283 lives in Bangladesh.
Senior leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala, a mango orchard, which was later named as Mujibnagar, in Meherpur district on April 17, 1971 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was arrested and flown to Pakistan after Pakistan military had cracked down on the Bangalees on the night of March 25, 1971.
Bangabandhu was declared the first President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, while Vice-president Syed Nazrul Islam became the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu.
Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first Prime Minister, while Khandoker Moshtaque Ahmed, M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamaruzzaman were named cabinet members.