The Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi has observed the historic Mujibnagar Day highlighting the significance of the day.
On April 17 in 1971, the first government of independent Bangladesh was sworn in at Baidyanathtala ( Mujibnagar) in now-Meherpur district naming Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the President, Syed Nazrul Islam as Vice-President and Tajuddin Ahmed as the Prime Minister.
Syed Nazrul was made acting President in absence of Bangabandhu who was arrested and jailed in a West Pakistan prison.
The significance of the role the provisional government of Bangladesh played in leading the nine-month War of Liberation and mobilising international support was discussed at a meeting held at the mission.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran paid homage to Bangabandhu placing flowers at his portrait at the Mission on the occasion. High Commission officials and staff were present.
To mark the day, the mission organized a discussion at Bangabandhu Hall of the Chancery on Monday morning.
The meeting was presided over by HC Muhammad Imran.
He paid tributes to Bangabandhu, the greatest Bengali of all times, the four national leaders, Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Capt. Mansur Ali and AHM Kamruzzaman.
He highlighted the significance of Mujibnagar Day and said the Mujibnagar government played a historic role in the freedom struggle of Bangladesh.
The Mujibnagar Day messages of President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were read out by Deputy High Commissioner Md. Nural Islam and Minister (Press) Shaban Mahmood respectively.
A documentary on the historic Mujibnagar Day was screened and a special prayer was offered for the progress and development of the country.