Different socio-political and cultural organisations as well as individuals paid rich tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members on Sunday, the first day of the Month of mourning.
Bangladesh Krishak League (BKL), the peasants’ wing of the ruling Awami League, organised a function in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital on Sunday morning as part of the AL and its associate bodies' month-long programme marking the 46th martyrdom anniversary of Bangabandhu and the National Mourning Day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the function virtually form her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka where she renewed her vow to materialise Bangabandhu’s unfinished dream of building a hunger- and-poverty-free 'Sonar Bangla' (Golden Bengal) by presenting a better and beautiful life to the countrymen.
Recalling the August 15, 1975 carnage, Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, said, “I have lost everything -- father, mother and brothers. Now I'm working with an ideology which is my power."
Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote (BSJ) organized a candle light programme on the premises of Shikha Chirantan at Suharwardi Udyan in the capital marking the first day of the month of mourning.
The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation's history.
Bangabandhu's two daughters – incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana - escaped the planned assassination as they were visiting Germany at that time.
With the killing of Bangabandhu, the greatest son of the soil in thousand years, a pall of gloom descended and a sense of deep sadness spread among the people in the country and across the globe.
The month of August is also black marked with another conspiracy of assassination. The nation cannot ever forget the heinous attempt of killing Sheikh Hasina through grenade attacks in 2004.
The vested quarter, who assassinated Bangabandhu in 1975, also tried to destroy Awami League (AL) by killing its president Sheikh Hasina with grenades on an anti-terrorism rally at Bangabandhu Avenue here on August 21 in 2004.
Sheikh Hasina narrowly escaped the attack suffering splinter injuries when 24 of her party men, including Awami League's women affairs secretary Ivy Rahman, were killed and 500 others injured.