The 43rd death anniversary of veteran politician Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was celebrated with due solemnity in Tangail on Saturday.
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths on Bhasani’s grave at Shantus in Tangail to pay their homage to the veteran political leader.
Professor Md. Alauddin, Vice Chancellor of Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University inaugurated the day’s activities by paying munajat and placing floral wreath on the grave of Mawlana Bhasani, popularly known as Mojlum Jononeta, at 7 o’clock in the morning.
Later delegations of local units of Awami League and BNP and political parties, members of Mawlana Bhashani's family, Tangail Press Club, various sociocultural organisations, different educational institutions, foreign nationals and people from all walks of life paid homage to the veteran leader by placing wreath on his grave.
Like every year, different organisations organised various daylong programmes to observe the day. Discussion was held on the life and works of Bhasani. Ors, Baul song and fair were arranged. Wall-magazines were published. Foods were distributed among poor people.
Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, born in 1880 in Dhangara of Sirajganj, was the son of Haji Sharafat Ali Khan. Bhasani gained immense popularity among peasants.
He was the founder and president of the Pakistan Awami Muslim League which later became Bangladesh Awami League. He also formed a progressive political party called National Awami Party (NAP).
Bhasani played a very significant role in the 1969 mass upsurge movement against Pakistan government which eventually led to the collapse of the Ayub regime and release of Bangabandhu and other co-accused in the so-called Agartala conspiracy case.