The government has taken a daylong programme to observe the Mujibnagar Day on April 17 to recall the history as on this day in 1971 the nation witnessed the oath-taking of the country's first government.
Senior Awami League leaders assembled at a mango grove in Baidyanathtala on April 17, 1971 under Meherpur sub-division in Kushtia district to form the provisional government of the independent Bangladesh following Pakistan army's dastardly attack on unarmed people on the night of March 25-26 in 1971.
The Liberation War Affairs Ministry has taken elaborate programmes in Mujibnagar and capital Dhaka to mark the day.
Announcing the day's programme at a press conference at the ministry meeting room at Paribahan Pool Bhavan here, Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque said the programme will begin with the hoisting of national flag at dawn atop memorial monument at Mujibnagar.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate messages on the occasion of the day.
The other programmes of the day will include placing of wreaths at the memorial monument at 9am and presenting guard of honour and parade by freedom fighters, police, Ansar-VD, BNCC, Scout and school students.
A discussion will be held at the Sheikh Hasina Mancha at Mujibnagar at 10.30am while Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will join it as chief guest. Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim will chair it. Cultural function will be staged at 5pm as leading artistes of the country will perform. Special fireworks will feature the day’s programmes later on.
In Dhaka, a cultural function will be organized at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the afternoon to mark the day while important buildings in Dhaka, Meherpur and Mujibnagar will be illuminated.
Besides, different district towns and upazilas and Bangladeshi missions abroad will organise various programmes to recall the day.
On April 17, 46 years back, the tiny mango grove-covered village in Baidyanathtala witnessed the ceremonial formation of the provisional government of Bangladesh and millions of freedom loving people listened to the announcement of the formation of the government over radio.
In absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was arrested after declaration of country's independence on the night of March 25 and kept in a jail in the then West Pakistan during the whole period of liberation war, Syed Nazrul Islam took oath as the acting president of the provisional Bangladesh government while Tajuddin Ahmad as the Prime Minister of the provisional government.
Col. (later General) MAG Osmani was made the Commander-in-Chief of the "Mukti Bahini" while Major General Abdur Rob was appointed as the Chief of Staff by the government in exile. The Mujibnagar Government led the war of liberation in 1971 and freed the country from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces on December 16 the same year, fighting a nine-month-long war.