The formation of Mujibnagar government during the Liberation War led the country towards independence by providing people hope during a crisis, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.
On April 10 in 1971, the public representatives in-exile who were elected in 1970 general election, formed the first government of Bangladesh. They took oath on April 17 at Mujibnagar in Meherpur -- creating a base during the war, they added.
Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) organised the discussion at Jatiya Press Club on the occasion of Mujibnagar Day (April 17).
Harun Habib, secretary general of SCF, said the formation of the government during the initial stage of the war startled the whole world, and it gave an organisational structure to the war.
“As a result of that, mass people's war against the then Pakistan army gained momentum that led us towards victory,” said Harun, also a noted writer.
He urged the government as well as the nation to defeat once and for all the anti-liberation forces, who still remain active in and outside Bangladesh, to honour the immense sacrifice of lives lost in the war.
Speaking as the chief guest, Barrister M Amirul Islam said the ideologies of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the spirit of Mujibnagar government should be upheld to ensure a prosperous Bangladesh.
Maj Gen (retd) KM Safiullah Bir Uttam, president of SCF, and Sarwar Ali, a trustee of Liberation War Museum, among others, also spoke at the discussion.