75 years of struggle, success and achievement of Awami League



Ruhul Amin, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Based on the two-nation theory, Pakistan was formed in 1948 after the partition of the country the sole hegemony of the Muslim League in the new country was set. However, the progressive (liberal) leaders of the Bengali Provincial Muslim League led by Suhrawardy-Abul Hashem were neglected. On the other hand, the election commission declared the results of Mawlana Bhasani and Shamsul Haque invalid despite defeating the Muslim League candidate in a by-election. Later, the 'East Pakistan Awami Muslim League' was formed by the union of these two parties.

These neglected leaders of the Muslim League and another group led by Mawlana Bhasani and Shamsul Haque then planned to form a new party. According to the plan, Mawlana Bhasani was made the president and Yar Mohammad Khan the general secretary as the preparatory committee for calling a meeting. They called a meeting but could not find an auditorium to hold the meeting.

Later on June 23, 1949, Kazi Humayun Rashid of KM Das Lane called for a meeting in the Rose Garden owned by him. That afternoon, in the presence of 250-300 people, it was decided to form a new political party. There Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani proposed the name of the party. According to that proposal, the party was named 'East Pakistan Awami Muslim League'. In the case of whole Pakistan, the name is kept as 'Nikhil Pakistan Awami Muslim League'.

A committee of 40 members was formed there for the new party. Mawlana Bhasani became the first committee president. Ataur Rahman Khan, Ali Amjad Khan, Ahmed Ali Khan, Shakhawat Hossain and Abdus Salam Khan became the vice presidents.

Shamsul Haque became the general secretary. The treasurer was Yar Mohammad Khan, whose first meeting was held in the Rose Garden owned by him. At that time Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained in jail but he was made joint general secretary.

On the other hand, Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy was made the president of 'Nikhil Pakistan Awami Muslim League'.

The party that started on that day has entered 75 years today after going through various crises. Among these, the party has led various democratic, political and social movements including the independence and liberation war of Bangladesh. In 1955, the Awami Muslim League Council removed the word Muslim from the name of the party after coming out of communalism and inspired by non-communal spirit.

Awami League is one of the country's oldest, non-sectarian, largest and leading political party in the Bengali national liberation struggle. The first work of building a non-communal Bangladesh started with the hands of that Awami League which was led by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

From the language movement of 1952 to the nine-month liberation war of 1971 and the final victory on December 16 through the armed people's war, Awami League is the party that has led everywhere. Also, the anti-military Ayub movement of 1954, the establishment of communal harmony after the 1964 riots, the six-point movement of 1966 and the popular uprising of 1969 were all under the party's absolute control which was led by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Awami League suffered a shock after the killing of Bangabandhu and his family in 1975. However, the party came to power again in 1996 through a long struggle of twenty-one years after overcoming it with the homecoming of the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina which was led by Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

After losing the election in 2001, Awami League faced the misrule of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, the movement against repression and all the conspiracies of the undemocratic caretaker government and won the people's vote again in 2008 by announcing the 'Day Change Charter' and since then, it has won 4 consecutive terms and formed the government.

In the last 15 years, the country has made incredible progress and has become a developing country. It has ensured that the benefits of development reach the grassroots level. In addition, the party took various successful initiatives like enforcing the verdict of the murderers of the Father of the Nation, prosecuting the war criminals by establishing the 'International Crimes Tribunal' and enforcing the judgment, ensuring the people's right to vote through the fifteenth amendment to the constitution and stopping the way of illegal seizure of power.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's daughter Sheikh Hasina has done all these things. After the death of Bangabandhu, she has been successfully leading this party for more than 4 decades. The leaders and workers of the party got encouragement under her leadership. Awami League as an organization has prospered. The people of Bengal got a taste of democracy after crossing the border of dictatorship. In keeping with the evolution of time, Bangladesh is the dream adventurer of Smart Bangladesh by crossing the path of Digital Bangladesh.

Under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has already been promoted from a less developed country to a developing country. As a result of his long struggle and sacrifice, the Bengali nation got back the right to 'rice and vote'. The democratic movement began. Good governance, stable economy, increasing agricultural production and achieving self-sufficiency in food, dynamism in development, digital Bangladesh, expansion of education, ensuring health services, employment, increasing power generation, social safety net, food security, empowerment of women have made breakthrough development in various fields. Bangladesh has been established as a self-respecting nation in the world.

Awami League has established the people as its source of strength since its birth. The source of strength of the organization is the grassroots level leaders and activists. Therefore, the history of Awami League is the history of the glorious achievements and struggles of the Bengali nation.

75th establishment of Awami League on June 23 has already announced a 10-point program on the occasion of the anniversary (platinum jubilee). Among which, on Sunday (June 23) at sunrise, the national and party flags will be hoisted at the central office and nationwide Awami League party offices.

Tribute to the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the historical Bangabandhu Bhavan premises at Dhanmondi number 32 at 7 am. At 10:30 in the morning, a delegation of the Awami League Central Executive will pay tribute at the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is lying in eternal sleep in Tungipara.

The members of the delegation are: Presidium member Lieut. Colonel (Retd.) Muhammad Farooq Khan MP, Central Committee Member Abul Hasnat Abdullah MP, Presidium Member Shajahan Khan MP, Organizing Secretary SM Kamal Hossain, Agriculture and Cooperative Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laili MP, Education and Human Resource Affairs Secretary Begum Shamsunnahar MP, Health and Population Affairs Secretary. Dr. Rokeya Sultana MP, Central Executive Member of Parliament Sahabuddin Faraji and others.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of the founding anniversary, the program will be inaugurated at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan at 2:15 PM by hoisting the national and party flags, playing the national anthem, and flying balloons and pigeons. After that, discussion meeting and cultural program will be held at 2:30 pm. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the event.

BNP extends support to student's shutdown program



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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has expressed its support for a total shutdown across the country on Thursday (July 18) to demand quota reforms in government jobs.

Didar Hasan, a member of BNP's media wing, gave this information in a press release on Thursday (July 18) at 12:15 p.m.

Didar Hasan said that 7 people were martyred in the violent attack of the police and the armed Chhatra League on the peaceful movement of the students. Apart from this, many people were injured in the massive attack by RAB, Police, BGB and SWAT on the protesting ordinary students even today. According to the decision taken by the BNP National Standing Committee meeting today in this despicable bloody incident, full support has been given to the 'Complete Shutdown' program called by the anti-discrimination student movement tomorrow on July 18 for the logical demand of quota reform in government jobs.

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Hundreds of cocktails were recovered in raids at BNP's Nayapaltan office, 7 detained



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More than 100 cocktails and firearms have been recovered from the central office of BNP in Nayapaltan of the capital. Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) arrested seven people, including the former president of Chhatra Dal, Shravan.

DMP Additional Commissioner of Police (Detective) Mohammad Haroon Or Rashid told reporters after the raid on Tuesday (July 16).

The DB chief claimed that more than a hundred cocktails, seven domestic and foreign weapons, and more than 500 batons were seized in a raid at the BNP central office. Seven people including the former president of Chhatra Dal were arrested.

Haroon said that the BNP central office was raided keeping a close eye on the ongoing quota reform movement and a group is trying to take it to a different direction.

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The Anti-Liberation forces have fueled the quota movement: Quader?



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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in a statement that the spirit of the Great Liberation War and Anti-Liberation forces have influenced the quota reform movement.

He said this in a statement sent to the media by Awami League office secretary Biplab Barua on Friday (July 12).

Awami League General Secretary said that the Appellate Division has given a stay order of four weeks on the judgment of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court regarding reservation of quota in government jobs. After this order of the Appellate Division, the judgment of the High Court Division has no effect at present. Still, there is no justification for the students' movement to continue. The spirit of the Great War of Liberation and the evil forces against freedom has filled this movement.

Questioning against whom the students will protest, the Bridges Minister said, the order of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division is in their favor. The continuation of the movement after this proves that some group or faction is instigating the movement to achieve a political objective. If the students continue this movement, the suffering of the common people will increase. Public suffering is being created. If the people become hostage to this movement, they will lose confidence in the young students. A certain political faction is trying to gain advantage by creating conflict between students and people.

He said, "We do not believe that all sensible students want to ignore the directives of the highest court of the country." Only those who are politically motivated are trying to show force by ignoring the court's directives.

Obaidul Quader said that whenever there is any movement, BNP-Jamaat and their allies use it as a tool and they are consumed by the nightmare of coming to power. Now they are trying to build on the quota movement because people have no confidence in them. When they were in power they turned Bangladesh into a failed state through corruption, looting, terrorism and extremism.

He said that BNP’s convicted fugitive leader Tariq Rahman institutionalized corruption by opening Hawa Bhaban. Thousands of crores of money are illegally smuggled out of the country and live a luxurious life in London. He has no relation with the common people of the country. BNP has been rejected by the people time and again due to the non-politicos of this corrupt leadership. They could not succeed in any anti-government movement. Therefore, whenever a non-political movement is organized, BNP tries to politicize it by capitalizing it.

Obaidul Quader said, Awami League is always sincere towards the logical demands of the people of the country. No logical demand was ever ignored by the Awami League. Bangladesh Awami League is always working towards the construction of a prosperous state by embracing the hopes and aspirations of the people.

Calling upon the young students, Awami League General Secretary said, you will not be abused as someone's political tool. At the final hearing, the counsel for the agitators has the opportunity to present further arguments. The highest court of the country will settle the matter through the final hearing. The court will take into account the grievances of the protesting students during the final hearing and give a realistic final judgment and the matter will be settled.

Calling upon the agitators to be patient, he said, I request them to avoid all such programs that may cause suffering to the people and return to their educational institutions as per the court's instructions.

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Khaleda Zia's life is under threat: Fakhrul



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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's life is in danger, she has many ailments which we have repeatedly highlighted to the nation. But the government did not care.

Mirza Fakhrul said these things to the journalists after seeing Khaleda Zia in the hospital on Monday (July 8) afternoon and came to the chairperson's office in Gulshan.

Earlier, after a week of returning home with a pacemaker implanted in the heart, she was again admitted to Evercare Hospital on Monday morning. She is undergoing treatment in the cabin under the close supervision of the medical board.

BNP Secretary General said, now it has become a national demand that the BNP leader should be released unconditionally. The injustice being done to her is extreme injustice. She is being deliberately held to death due to political vendetta.

Fakhrul said, today she came to the hospital, she has to come suddenly. You see, she had to come to the hospital a few days ago. Constantly very complicated diseases attack her. We have repeatedly said that she needs to be treated in a multi-disciplinary medical center abroad. But unfortunately they (government) are not releasing Begum Khaleda Zia because of political revenge.

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