The ruling Awami League and its associate organisations will observe the 38th anniversary of the homecoming of its president Sheikh Hasina, also the prime minister, on Thursday.
On May 17, 1981, Hasina returned home after six years in exile in Germany and India following the assassination of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, also her father, and most of the family on August 15, 1975.
Mujib with all but two members of his family were assassinated by a group of army officers at his Dhanmondi house in the early hours of August 15, 1975.
The two daughters of Mujib, Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana, survived the August 15 mayhem as they were abroad.
When Awami League was divided into factions, Hasina was elected president of the Awami League at its three-day national council in February 14-16, 1981 while she was abroad.
The ruling AL and its associate organisations have taken elaborate programmes to mark the day.
The party will hold a discussion at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh auditorium at 2:00pm with AL presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, also the deputy leader of the parliament, in the chair.
Politicians and academics will take part in the discussion, a party release said.
President Abdul Hamid greeted prime minister Sheikh Hasina and wished her and her family’s success.
In his message, Abdul Hamid said that with the homecoming of Hasina the country’s democracy was restored.
After returning home, Hasina started movement against military ruler Hussein Muhammad Ershad to restore democracy in the country alongside other parties. Hasina and the AL participated in the 1986 parliamentary elections held under Ershad. She served as the leader of the opposition in 1986-1987.
After the fall of Ershad, Hasina was elected leader of the opposition in the parliaments in 1991-1995 and 2001-2006.
During her second term as leader of the opposition, Hasina escaped a grenade attack in 2004 in front of her party office in Bangabandhu Avenue.
She was elected prime minister in 1996 and 2008.
In 2008, she was again elected prime minister in 2014 after winning elections, boycotted by all the opposition parties and almost half the lawmakers were elected unopposed.
Hasina was kept under house arrest on several occasions during anti-Ershad movement.
She was also arrested in July 2007 during military-backed interim government and was released in June 2008.
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