Nurul Islam Hasib
The research wing of the ruling Awami League will present the history of the Bangladesh’s oldest party in an innovative way in the 21st council beginning from Friday. A spokesperson of the Center for Research and Information (CRI) of Awami League told Bangladesh Post that they would set up 10 different installations at the Suhrawardy Uddan in Dhaka to present the party, which was born in 1949, soon after the partition in the sub-continent.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is also the President of the party will inaugurate the two-day council at the historic Suhrawardy Uddan. Photos of the Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and son Sajeeb wazed Joy will be placed at the ‘Walk with Leader’ corner.
The ‘Road to 21st Council’ board will display the history of the party since birth. ‘Light after darkness’ part will speak the brutal killing of Bangabandhu and his family members on August 15 in 1975. Photos of Bangabandhu, Hasina and the national four leaders of wartime government - acting president Syed Nazrul Islam, prime minister Tajuddin Ahmad and cabinet ministers M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman—will be placed in the ‘Face Of ALBD’ corner.
“7 March” corner will be decorated with the quotes of Bangabandhu’s historic March 7, 1971 speech. The activities of the different sub-committees formed after the last council in 2016 and CRI organised events with the Prime Minister and Sajeeb Wazed Joy will find place under the “ALBD regional Footprints” title.
“ALBD- In front of a Mirror’ will have a detailed view of the history of Awami League. “Quotes for Future Leadership” corner will have quotes from different speeches of Bangabandhu and Sheikh Hasina along with their photos. Besides, “A New ERA- Part 1’ will have the life story of Bangabandhu and “A New ERA- Part 2’ will tell the story of Sheikh Hasina.
CRI will also hold its signature event ‘Let’s Talk’ at the venue with the youths from different universities. Documentaries will also be screened at the hall room. The Awami League was formed on Jun 23 in 1949 at Rose Garden in Old Dhaka's KM Das Lane. Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy and Shamsul Haq were the instrumental in forming the party.
Throughout the 1950s, a young Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took the party to every nook and corner of erstwhile East Pakistan through different activities. Bhashani left the party in 1957 to form the National Awami Party. Suhrawardy died in December 1963. Then Sheikh Mujib revived the Awami League and led the war of independence in 1971.