Dhaka – The ruling Awami League, the oldest political party in Bangladesh, has been celebrating its 67th founding anniversary amid a number of programmes that the party and its front organisations chalked out.
The day began with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placing floral wreath Thursday at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, one of the founders of the party, at his Dhanmondi residence.
The national and party flags have been hoisted atop the Awami League offices across the country from sunrise.
Hasina, also the president of the ruling party, released balloons and pigeons at the Bangabandhu museum to mark the founding anniversary of the party. She also stayed there for few minutes.
A discussion will be held at 2:30pm at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital with party chief in the chair.
The AL president has greeted all the leaders, activists and supporters of her party and the people on the occasion.
In a message, she remembered the leaders who worked for the party tirelessly and heartily until their death.
She said Awami League led all major movements during the struggle for independence.
Now Bangladesh Awami League, the party emerged as the Awami Muslim League on June 23, 1949 in the then East Pakistan, later it turned out to be a secular and democratic force.
Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani and Shamsul Huq were unanimously elected president and general secretary respectively of the party while Sheikh Mujibur Rahman elected a joint secretary.
The word “Muslim” was later repealed from the party constitution.