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Historic Mujibnagar Day today

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Update: 2024-04-17 11:35:41
Historic Mujibnagar Day today

The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed today marking the oath-taking ceremony of Bangladesh’s first government on April 17, 1971.

Following the Pakistan army's genocide on unarmed Bangalees on the black night of March 25 in 1971, senior leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala in Meherpur on April 17 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh.

Baidyanathtala, mainly a mango orchard, was later named Mujibnagar after ceremonial formation of the provisional government of Bangladesh.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared the first president of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, while Syed Nazrul Islam was appointed as the acting president in absence of Bangabandhu.

Tajuddin Ahmed was appointed as the first prime minister, while Khondoker Moshtaque Ahmed, Capt M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman were named as cabinet members.

The interim government named General MAG Osmani as commander-in-chief of Mukti Bahini while appointed Major General Abdur Rab as chief of staff.

The provisional government gave successful leadership to the War of Liberation for achieving victory on December 16.

The day began with hoisting the national flag and placing wreaths at Mujibnagar Liberation War Memorial in Meherpur.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the historic Mujibnagar Day.

Marking the day, a public rally was organized at Sheikh Hasina Mancha at Mujibnagar this morning. 

Marking the day, newspapers publish special supplements while Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and private TV channels air different programmes highlighting the significance of the day.

BDST: 1135 HRS, APR 17, 2024

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