Ruling Bangladesh Awami League, the political party that led the country’s War of Liberation, is going to celebrate its 72nd founding anniversary on Wednesday, June 23.
Party sources, however, said that considering the prevalence of Covid-19 pandemic, this year the founding anniversary will be celebrated to a limited extent in compliance with health rules. Most of the programmes will be held virtual.
Born on 23 June 1949 in the historic Rose Garden at KM Das Lane of Old Dhaka, the Awami League is one of the oldest political parties in the subcontinent.
Abdur Rahman, a Presidium Member of the Awami League, said that this year the founding anniversary will be celebrated to a limited extent in compliance with health rules and most of the programmes will be held virtual.
He said, “However, on that day, the party will pay homage to the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi at 9:00am with flowers. A discussion meeting will be held at the party’s central office at 23, Bangabandhu Avenue at 3:00pm. Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, also the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, will remain virtually present as the chief guest on the occasion.”
AFM Bahauddin Nasim, a Joint Secretary of Awami League, said alongside the party’s central committee, all the committees at the grassroots levels have also been asked to celebrate the party’s founding anniversary at a limited scale keeping the pandemic in the mind and in compliance with the health rules.
“The founding anniversary ceremony will not be held gorgeously like in the past due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But we will try to arrange programmes at every level starting from the central to the union level. We will celebrate the functions using the virtual platforms”, he said.
The history of Bangladesh Awami League: Bangladesh and Awami League (AL) is invariable and also an inseparable part of Bangalee nation. History of Awami League means the story of struggle and glory of the Bangalees.
It’s the torchbearer of glorious history and heritage of all democratic movements of this soil.
The country achieved independence under the leadership of this oldest and biggest political party.
Awami League is not only the country’s oldest and biggest political party, rather it is the pioneer of democratic and non-communal spirit of this soil.
From the very beginning, Awami League has been leading the sociopolitical trend of the country amid different struggles and movements in the seven decades.
After the Liberation War, the party’s leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation, began to build Bangladesh as a non-communal country.
In line with her father’s ideology, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is heading the country towards massive development.
On June 23, 1949, from a meeting of the supporters of Hussein Shaheed Suhrawardy at the Rose Garden of KM Das Lane, Old Dhaka, a new political party named Awami Muslim League was formed.
Coming out from Muslim League, progressive leaders and workers formed Awami Muslim League. It 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 as General Secretary while Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was made as Joint Secretary. In a process of secularization, the word “Muslim” was later dropped from the name of the party.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came to the leadership of Awami League amid 1966 Council. Later, he became the unparallel leader of Bangalee nation and architect of Independent Bangladesh and Father of the Nation.
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.
Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina took the helm of Awami League after returning to the country in 1981. She again united the party. She has been leading the party for three decades and formed the government in three times side by side with waging different democratic movements.
After the independence, Awami League was in power around three and a half years before the assassination of Bangabandhu and five years from 1996 to 2001 under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and since 2009 general elections to present.
After the defeat in 2001 general election, Awami League waged successful movement against the then BNP-Jamaat led alliance government.
In 2007, military-backed caretaker government declared a state of emergency. Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and top leaders of the party were arrested. As a result, the party was in crisis in this period.
But, overcoming all hurdles and hostilities, Awami League and grand alliance under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina achieved a landslide victory on December 29, 2008 national election.
On January 6, 2009, grand alliance led by Awami League formed government. Sheikh Hasina became prime minister for third times when Awami League formed government after winning the January 5, 2014 general elections.
In the general election on December 30 in 2018, the people of Bangladesh again gave their mandate to the Awami League to form government for a record third straight term. Awami League President Sheikh Hasina became the prime minister for the fourth time and third in a row.
As per the electoral pledges, Awami League government has been working relentlessly to build a poverty and hunger free, advanced and ICT based, prosperous Bangladesh and thus turn the country into a middle income one by 2021 and developed one by 2041.