May 24, 2013 | 01:26 PM (BD Time)
24 May, 2013 Friday
Sheikh Hasina's homecoming day observed
. Staff Reporter
The homecoming day of Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was observed Thursday with a vow to build medium income Bangladesh foiling all conspiracies being hatched by the vested quarters.
The AL and its front organisations chalked out elaborate programmes including hoisting of national and party flags, placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, milad and doa mahfils and discussion meetings.
The AL leaders placed floral wreaths at the images of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi Road: 32 at around 7:am.
Central leaders sat with the war victims of 1971 at party president's Dhanmondi office at 11 am.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of AL, hosted a reception to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina marking the homecoming day and for the wining of maritime case against Myanmar at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the afternoon.
The student leaders said Hasina's return ushered in a new era in the country's history to take it out of the darkness after the tragic assassinations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15 in 1975.
Earlier, at around 9 am, senior party leaders went to the Gonobhaban with bouquet of flowers to greet Sheikh Hasina marking her return 31 years ago on this day in 1981 from exile.
Remembering the memories of her homecoming ending six-year exile after brutal killing of Bangabandhu, she said she had never thought of being the president of AL but to remain as an active worker.
Sheikh Hasina said even after loosing her parents and all near and dear ones in 1975, she returned home to finish the incomplete tasks of Bangabandhu to make Bangladesh a happy and prosperous nation.
Emotion engulfed Sheikh Hasina when she was recalling the memories of her home coming day and post-1975 political situation of the country, efforts to build up public opinion against the killing of Bangabandhu and the process of making her president of Awami League.
"We went to Germany only for 15 days, but by this time we have lost everything. History's heinous brutality made us orphans and kept me and my sister Rehana in exile for six years. In spite of that, on this day in 1981, I returned home with a heavy heart keeping my minor child abroad to fulfil the aspiration of people of the country," she said.
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