The homecoming day of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina was observed on Friday across the country in a befitting manner, reports BSS. On May 17 in 1981, she returned home after a long exile following the brutal assassination of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh and most of family members on August 15, 1975.
An aircraft of Indian Airline carrying Sheikh Hasina from New Delhi via Kolkata, touched the runway of the then Dhaka Kurmitola Airport at 4.30 pm. Marking the day, leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban in the capital. Senior leaders of the party first greeted her.
The leaders included party’s Presidium Members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Dr Md Abdur Razzak, General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Joint General Secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Information and Research Secretary Afjal Hossain, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi.
Later, Dhaka City Awami League North and South units, Awami Jubo League, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Awami Swechasebak League, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Jatiya Sramik League and Tanti League and other front organisations greeted the premier. A discussion was organized at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) with AL Presidium Member Begum Matia Chowdhury in the chair.
Party’s Advisory Council Member Amir Hossain Amu, historian Syed Anwar Hossain, AL Presidium Member Dr Md Abdur Razzak, Joint General Secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Organizing Secretary Ahmed Hossain, among others, addressed it The homecoming day of Sheikh Hasina was also observed in Chattogram amid different programmes.
Chattogram City AL organized a discussion at the party office at Darul Fazal Market this morning. Chaired by Chattogram City AL acting President Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury, the discussion was addressed by Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor and City AL General Secretary AJM Nasir Uddin, Vice-President Nayeem Uddin Chowdury and Organising Secretary Noman Al Mahmud, among others.
Similar programmes were also arranged at district and upazila levels across the country. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family members was brutally killed on August 15, 1975. Luckily his daughters, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, who were in Germany at that period, became the survivors.
On her return home in 1981, Sheikh Hasina told a huge mass gathering at Manik Mia avenue: “I have come to stay beside the people of Bangladesh. I have not come to be the leader of Awami League. I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your daughter, and as a worker of Awami League, who believes in the ideals of Bangabandhu.” These were the first public remarks of Sheikh Hasina on her return home.