AL's 61st founding anniversary today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 23, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 23, 2010

AL's 61st founding anniversary today

Today is the 61st founding anniversary of the ruling Awami League.
On this day in 1949, East Pakistan Awami Muslim League was founded at the historic Rose Garden in Old Dhaka. Later, the word 'Muslim' was dropped from the name of the party to give it a secular colour.
The AL led all democratic movements of the then East Pakistan starting from the Language Movement of 1952 to War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 under the leadership of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
To observe the day, AL has chalked out a day long programmes including hoisting of national and party flags atop at AL offices across the country at 5:15am, placing of wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi at 7:30am and a discussion at 4:00pm at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the discussion as chief guest while leading political leaders and intellectuals will also speak.
AL General Secretary and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday urged all the party leaders, workers and activists to observe the day across the country in a befitting manner through holding discussion, placing of wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu, among others.
Both the AL president and general secretary gave separate messages on the occasion greeting party leaders, workers, supporters and well-wishers.
The AL president, in her message, congratulated party leaders, workers, supporters, well-wishers and said that the nation remembers with respect the struggling role of AL in every great achievement of the Bengali nation, reports UNB.
"Insha Allah, the party will remain beside the people in future as it was in the past," she said.
Awami League, a symbol of glory of giving leadership during the long struggle for independence and the Liberation War, has now become an institution, she added.

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