Marking the day, different programmes, including placing wreaths at Bhashani's grave in Santosh of Tangail, discussions and doa mahfils, have been taken to observe the day in the capital and at Santosh in Tangail.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday issued a message on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of death of Maulana Bhashani, paying glowing tributes to the late legendary political figure of the country.

The premier said Maulana Bhashani had worked throughout his life for establishing the rights of the working-class people.

Maulana Bhashani was always vocal against repression-oppression of Pakistani rulers, she said, adding that Bhashani played an important role in flourishing Bengali nationalism.

"Maulana Bhashani had ideological alliance and political closeness with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bhashani struggled for an oppression and deprivation free and progressive, democratic and non-communal Bangladesh," the prime minister added.

Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Maulana Bhashani.

Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, born in 1880 in Dhangara in Sirajganj, was the son of Haji Sharafat Ali Khan. He gained immense popularity among peasants.

He is regarded as the proponent of secular and left-leaning politics in Bangladesh. Bhashani was the founder and president of Pakistan Awami Muslim League which later became Bangladesh Awami League (AL). He also formed a progressive political organisation called National Awami Party (NAP).

Bhashani played a very significant role in the 1969 movement against Pakistan, which eventually led to the collapse of the Ayub regime and the release of Bangabandhu and other co-accused in the so-called Agartala conspiracy case.

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