The 40-day programme of the ruling Awami League to mark the Month of Mourning commemorating the 40th anniversary of martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman began with the placing of wreaths at his portrait at the capital's Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and at his mazar at Tungipara in the district on 1 August.
Earlier at one-minute past zero hour, the programme of the National Mourning Day was initiated with placing of wreaths and showering of petals by central leaders of Awami League (AL), its associate and likeminded bodies and other socio-cultural-professional organisations at the portrait of Bangabandhu on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.
Leaders and workers of AL and its associate bodies also took part in a candle-light vigil (March of lights) at midnight there as a mark of respect to Bangabandhu, the indomitable leader of the country's independence and a champion of democracy.
Later at about 6-30 am, central leaders of Awami League led by its general secretary and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam left Dhaka for Tungipara to pay their deep homage to Bangabandhu taking part in the party programme there. The AL delegation reached Tungipara at noon and placed wreaths at the mazar of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Mausoleum Complex.
Leaders of AL's associate bodies and Gopalganj district unit also paid their glowing tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths and showering petals at his mazar.
Awami League Advisory Council member Tofail Ahmed and Yusuf Hossain Humayun, presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Advocate Sahara Khatun, joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretaries Ahmed Hossain, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Advocate Misbah Uddin Siraj, law affairs secretary Advocate Abdul Matin Khosru and former state minister AB Tajul Islam, among others, attended the programme at Tungipara.
Acting president of Dhaka City AL MA Aziz, general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, central relief and rehabilitation affairs secretary Faridunnahar Laily, information and research affairs secretary Advocate Afzal Hossain, deputy publicity secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, AL central working committee members Enamul Haque Shamim, SM Kamal Hossain, Sujit Roy Nandi and state minister Junaid Ahmed Palak were also included in the AL delegation.
Later, AL advisory council member Amir Hossain Amu, organising secretaries BM Mozammel Huq, AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapon, office secretary Advocate Abdul Mannan Khan and central leader AKM Rahamatullah joined the party programme at Tungipara.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were assassinated in a military putsch carried out by a group of some disgruntled overambitious military officers in Dhaka on the fateful night of August 15 in 1975. However, both the daughters of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, escaped the carnage as they were abroad then. After its return to power in 1996, the Awami League government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started observing the National Mourning Day on August 15 commemorating the anniversary of martyrdom of Bangabandhu.