The historic Mujibnagar Day was observed on Monday marking the formation of Bangladesh’s first government that led the War of Liberation in 1971, Agencies report.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the morning by placing a wreath at the portrait of the great leader in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital on the occasion.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath as the Awami League President paying homage to Bangabandhu.
The government observed elaborate programmes at Mujibnagar in Meherpur and the capital marking the day. Awami League and different socio-economic organisations also observed the day with various programmes.
On this day in 1971, the nation witnessed the oath-taking of the country’s first government.
On April 17, 1971, the mango-grove village at 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 through radio.
Following the Pakistan occupation forces’ attack on unarmed people on the night of March 25 in 1971, the first government of an independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed on April 10 in 1971 comprising elected representatives with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as its President, while Syed Nazrul Islam Vice-President and Tajuddin Ahmad Prime Minister.
On April 10, the elected representatives firmly supported and approved the declaration of independence by Bangabandhu on March 26, 1971, and issued a formal proclamation of independence.