The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed on Friday across the country with people of all strata taking a fresh vow to build the country a ‘Golden Bangladesh’. People from all walks of life and activists of different socio-cultural organisations along with the leaders and workers of ruling Awami League and its associate bodies expressed their firm determination to build a hunger and poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Thousands of people took part in a wide variety of programmes organised by different government and private organisations all across the country marking the day.
“On this historic day, it’s our pledge that the debt of Bangabandhu’s blood would have to be repaid by materialising his dream of building a poverty and hunger-free “Golden Bangladesh,” Aminur Rahman, a proponent of pro-liberation forces said. Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the nation and supreme commander of the country’s Liberation War, returned to the sacred soil of independent Bangladesh via London and New Delhi on January 10 in 1972, after 290 days of confinement in the Pakistan jail.
Before his release from the Pakistan jail, the great leader had been counting moments for the execution of his death sentence that was pronounced in a farcical trial. The defeated Pakistani rulers were finally compelled to release Bangabandhu from the jail. The victory of the Bangalees attained its fulfilment with his release.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city. After laying the floral wreath, the Prime Minister stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.
Later, the leaders of Awami League’s associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Sramik League, Mohila Awami League, Swechchhasebak League, Jubo Mohila League, Krishak League, Dhaka city AL and other socio-cultural organizations laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
This year, the observance of the Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day is very significant as the nation is going to celebrate the great leader’s yearlong birth centenary programmes from March 17. The government has already declared the ‘Mujib Barsho’ from March 17, 2020 to March 17, 2021. The countdown for the birth centenary celebration began on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the countdown for the yearlong birth centenary celebration at the National Parade Ground at Tejgaon in the city.