Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed in a memorial meeting on Saturday afternoon paid glowing tributes to former Presidium Member of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) Aktarurzzaman Chowdhury Babu for his outstanding contributions to dedicated politics for the welfare of the common masses. “We have many things to learn from the prolonged political legacy of unselfishness and moderation that he left for the rank and file of the party”, the Commerce Minister said.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said this while addressing the 3rd memorial meeting of the late Aktururzzaman Chowdhury Babu, former President of Chittagong south district AL and father of State Minister for Land Saifuzzman Chowdhury Jabed, as chief guest. Eminent social scientist and vice-chancellor of Premier University Prof Dr Anupam Sen presided over the meeting, organised by ‘Aktururzzaman Chowdhury Babu Civic Memorial Committee Chittagong’.
Paying rich tributes to late Babu, a freedom fighter of the country’s liberation war, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said late Aktururzzaman Chowdhury became politician from the grass-root level and political career could be flourished if any activist gets companion to that great leader. “It was Babu who was in the helm of party during critical moments after the assassination of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in 1975”, the minister added.
The commerce minister said when the then autocratic government opened fire on a Sheikh Hasina’s public meeting at Laldighi Maidan on January 24, 1988, all AL leaders including the party chief took refuge at late Babu’s hilltop residence.
Presided over by vice chancellor (VC) of Premier University Dr Anupam Sen,the memorial meeting was addressed, among others, by late Babu’s eldest son state Minister for land Saifuzzman Chowdhury Jabed, Media Adviser to the Prime Minister Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Lawmakers- Mainuddin Khan Badal, Abu Reza Nadwi, Sabiha Musa, Dr Afsarul Ameen, vice chancellor (VC) of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) Dr Mohammad Jahangir,University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) VC Dr Pravat Chandra Barua, Chittagong Press Club (CPC) president Kalim Sarwar and Director of Rupali Bank Abu Sufian, president of Chittagong District Bar Association Advocate Mujibul Hoque Khan, Bar Council member Advocate Ibrahim Hossain Babul, convenor of Chittagong Professional Coordination Council Prof Dr Sirazul Islam, comrade Shah Alam, former president of Chittagong Club Dr Mainul Islam Mahmud, President of Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ) Ezaz Yusufee, Vice President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) Mainuddin Ahmed Mintu. Member secretary of the committee journalists- Helal Uddin Chowdhury and Kamrul Hasan Badal jointly conducted
A freedom fighter of the country’s liberation war, other speakers said late Babu became politician from the grass-root level and political career could be flourished if any activist got companion to that great leader. They said late Babu silently worked for the independence and prosperity of the country throughout his life and worked for flourishing culture and literature of the region.