Published:  12:00 AM, 11 January 2017

Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day observed in Chittagong


Chittagong city, north and south districts units of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and its front organizations celebrated the Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a befitting manner on Tuesday. Chittagong city, north and south districts AL chalked out elaborate programs including placing of wreaths at Bangabandhu's portraits at all party offices, holding of discussion meetings, milad and doa mahfils.

Leaders of different political parties including AL and Chhatra League brought out colourful rallies, placed wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation at the city AL office at Darul Fazal market in the city and arranged discussion on Bangabandhu. AL leaders joined a discussion on city's central Shahid Minar Premises this afternoon. Former Mayor and President of Chittagong city AL ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury presided over the function while Vice-Chancellor of
Premier University Dr Anupom Sen addressed it as the chief guest.

AL leaders Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury, Khurshed Alam Sujan, Advocate Iftekher Saimul Chowdhury and Noman Al Mahmud, among others, addressed the function. Dr Anupom Sen said the independence of Bangladesh would have not got perfection if Bangabandhu had not returned home from Pakistani jail. "When the then government led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman started relentless efforts to fulfill the expectations of the people of newly liberated country, the vested quarter brutally killed him to destroy his dream for Sonar Bangla," the former City Mayor said.

Earlier, the procession ended at the same place after parading different important city streets. Meanwhile different units of Bangladesh Chhatra League brought out several processions in different areas of the city to mark the day.
Taking part in the discussion, the other speakers put maximum emphasis on disseminating true national history of the Liberation War among the members of the new generations for building Sonar Bangla as was dreamt by Father of the Nation. The building of Bangabandhu's Sonar Bangla is yet to be finished even after 45 years of Independence and the unfinished task must be completed through united efforts of all people including the young generation, they said.

They also asked for putting their maximum efforts in building a middle income digital Bangladesh through materializing the Vision 2041 as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realize dreams of Bangabandhu and martyrs of the War of Liberation. Chittagong north and south districts Awami League also organised separate discussion meetings at their respective party offices in the city this evening. The AL leaders also placed wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation at their respective party offices led by their presidents Nurul Alam Chowdhury and Muslem Uddin Ahmed.

Pakistani occupation forces arrested the architect of the country's Independence on March 25, 1971 from his Dhanmondi residence during late night crackdown on the people of Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan) and sent him to the then West Pakistan. On this day (January 10) in 1972, Bangabandhu returned to an Independent country after nine and a half months of captivity in the Pakistani jail which later appeared to be crucial in the subsequent political history of Bangladesh and re-established the spirit and norms of the Liberation War in the country.

Bangabandhu Shilpi Ghoshti Chittagong divisional committee  organized a rally at Kodom Mobarak Memorial Hall in observance of Bangabnadhu's home coming day o Tuesday. President of Bangabandhu Shilpi Ghoshti Chittagong divisional committee Nazimuddin Shyamol chaired the rally while former Dean of CU and eminent Social Scientist freedom fighter Prof Dr Gazi Saleh Uddin addressed the rally as chief guest. Among others, Awami League leader Begum Hasina Jafor, Dipewn Chowdhury, Mohammed Lipton, Ismail Manik and others addressed the rally.

Chittagong University Officers Association observed the home coming day of Bangbandhu on Tuesday. The leaders of the organization offered the floral wreaths to the monument of Bangabandhu at CU campus in the morning. Besides, a rally was also held in observance of the day at the campus. The rally was presided over by President of CU Officers Association A K M Mahafujul Haque. Mohammad Forhad Hossain Khan, the former General Secretary of the association addressed the rally as chief guest. Among others incumbent General Secretary of the association Rashidul Hyder Javed, Saiful Abedin, Mohammed Gias Uddin, Abdul Hamid Loskor, Mohammed Lokman also addressed the function.

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