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Suhrawardy Udyan turns into a sea of supporters

Published : Monday, 24 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 164

Suhrawardy Udyan turns into a sea of supporters

Suhrawardy Udyan turns into a sea of supporters

Tens of thousands of leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League and its associated bodies thronged the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital, each clad in different coloured t-shirts and caps.

They arrived using buses, trucks and many on foot, converging for a grand rally marking the platinum jubilee of the party on a vibrant Sunday.

Reached at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan every leader and activist was seemingly touched by an unseen magic.

Coming from Dhaka and surrounding areas, they started gathering in the venue from 1:00pm.

At that time, the AL men were seen carrying party and national flags and colourful banners exhibiting different development projects of the government.

AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the programme as the chief guest around 3:40pm.

Clad in a sari that shimmered, she radiated a quiet strength that inspired all who stood before her.

As the rally commenced, the air thrummed with speeches that echoed across Suhrawardy Udyan, each word carrying the weight of history and hope.

Speaking at the discussion, Sheikh Hasina instructed the leaders and activists to organise the party.

She said to the party leaders that the organisation should be well organised and peoples trust must be gained.

"As long as I breathe, I will work for people," she said.

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader also called upon all forces that believe in the ideals of independence to unite, claiming that domestic and foreign conspiracies are going on.

Talking to the Daily Observer, Mahmudul Hasan who came from Khilkhet said, "What didn Awami League do for the country? The party gave us the most precious gift - freedom from the subjugation of the West Pakistan."

An AL activist from Fakirapool, Harun-or-Rashid, said he would work for the party for the rest of his life.

"I choose to do politics of pro-Liberation War forces. I hope the party will continue to work for the betterment of the country and its people," Harun said.

A large number of leaders and activists from different units enter the venue through the gate adjacent to Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) at Dhaka University.

They went through a check before entering the park through SSF and Special Branch archways. No items other than mobilephones or wallets were allowed to carry inside the venue.

Security archways were installed at all entry gates to the rally venue and additional police were deployed.

The gate next to the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) was reserved for VIPs entry.

East Pakistan Awami Muslim League was founded on this day in 1949. It was renamed as Awami League in 1955.

The party played key roles in the Language Movement in 1952, Jukta Front election in 1954, anti-Ayub movement, Education Movement in 1962, Six-Point Movement in 1966, the students 11-point movement in 1969, and thus came out as the most authentic voice of the people.







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