Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of historic Mujibnagar Day, reports UNB.
The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at Bangabandhu's portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city in the morning.
After laying the wreath, she stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country's independence.
Flanked by central leaders of her party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.
Later, the leaders of AL's associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Swechchhasebak League, Sramik League and Krishak League laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
On this day in 1971, Bangladesh's first government in exile was formed at Baidyanathtala mango grove in Meherpur (then under Kushtia district).
The place was later renamed as Mujibnagar showing respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had been declared as the president of the government in exile.
Syed Nazrul Islam was appointed the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu. Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first prime minister, while Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman were made cabinet members.
The successful leadership of the Mujibnagar government steered the Liberation War to the victory on 16 December 1971.