The 43rd anniversary of death of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed across the country on Sunday with the call for marking the day nationally.
Different political parties, socio-cultural, professional and civic bodies as well as different educational institutions marked the day recalling the great leader’s sacrifice throughout his life for the cause of the country and its people.
They placed wreaths at his grave, held discussions, prayer sessions, mass feeding, blood donation camp and competitions to mark the day.
Most of the political parties those placed wreaths at the grave of Bhasani on the campus of Maulana Bhasani Science and Technology University at Santosh in Tangail alleged the country’s democracy was at stake. They stressed the need for establishing democracy and as people were suffering from misrule, lack of good governance, corruption and price hike of essential commodities.
Born on December 12, 1880 to Haji Sharafat Ali and Mosammat Mojiron Bibi in Sirajganj of erstwhile East Bengal, Bhashani died on November 17, 1976 in Dhaka. He was laid to rest at Santosh in Tangail.
The day’s programme began with placing wreaths by Bhasani’s family and Maulna Bhasani university vice-chancellor at his grave in the morning.
To mark the day, the university distributed food among the poor, arranged a prayer session, Quran recitation competition on its campus. The university also held a seminar on ‘role of Bhasani in emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country’ on its campus where vice-chancellor Alauddin Miah spoke as the chief guest.
Khoda-e-Khidmatgar and National Awami Party (Bhasani) jointly organised a discussion on life of the great leader at Dharbar Hall of Santosh in the morning. Bhasani Foundation also held a discussion.
Senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir placed wreaths at the grave at 9:30am and said prayers there.
He alleged that the country lacked democracy and that the country’s people were struggling against an unelected government. ‘Bhasani never involved in politics for power… We are struggling to establish democracy,’ he said.
Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique, after placing wreaths, said wirting Bangladesh’s history would never be possible without Bhsani and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In Dhaka, Workers’ Party of Bangladesh held a discussion at National Press Club where politicians, academics and professionals said Maulana Bhasani was the first who understood that East Pakistan could not be a part of Pakistan. They called on the government to observe Bhasani’s death anniversary at national level.
Workers Party politburo member Hazera Sultana, columnist Syed Abul Maksud and Dhaka University professor Mesbah Kamal spoke at the programme with the party president Rashed Khan Menon in the chair.
Revolutionary Workers’ Party and Bhasani Smriti Sangsad also organised separate discussions to mark the day.
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