Hasina’s Homecoming Day being observed

Dhaka,  Wed,  24 May 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 10:45:12 | Updated : 17 May 2017, 10:56:37
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Hasina’s Homecoming Day being observed

The 37th'Homecoming Day' of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is being observed across the country on Wednesday in a befitting manner.

The ruling party has chalked out a seven-day programme marking the homecoming of its president Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.

The party hoisted national and party flags atop party offices across the country in the morning and placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi in the capital.

Juba League, Bangladesh Chhatra League and other associate bodies of the Awami League will also organise various programmes to mark the day.

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid issued a message on the occasion.

In his message, the President said the contribution of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina to Bangladesh's progress and development, and flourishing democracy is immense.

"The country is going ahead with her visionary and strong leadership and people-oriented activities."

On May 17 in 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home from India after nearly six years in exile following the assassination of Bangladesh's founding President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members by a group of disgruntled army officers on August 15, 1975.

However, both the daughters of Bangabandhu -- Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana -- survived as they were in Germany at that time.

"I have come to stay beside the people of Bangladesh and taken part in the struggle for freedom. I have not come to be the leader of Awami League. I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your daughter, and as a worker of Awami League, who believes in the ideals of Bangabandhu," she said while addressing a mass rally at Manik Mia avenue on the day.

These were the first public remarks of Sheikh Hasina on her return home.

Hasina was elected AL president in her absence in the party's national council held on February 14-16 in 1981.
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