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Awami League’s landslide victory in the 19790 elections frightened the Pakistani rulers. They could well smell that the Bangalees would now wield the state-power and introduce a new constitution based on the 6-point charter. So, the West Pakistanis started conspiring immediately after the results were out.
Yahaya Khan had convened the opening session of the National Assembly on the 3rd of March; but on the 1st of March, he postponed the session for an indefinite period. The people of East Pakistan turned furious in protests chanting Joy Bangla; educational institutions, offices closed down, general strikes were enforced ignoring curfews. The army opened fire on the protesters killing many and wounding hundreds. On March 2, in a student-mass-gathering in front of Dhaka University Arts Building, the new national flag of Bangladesh was hoisted. Independent Bangladesh Central Student’s Action Committee was formed; an all-out non-cooperation movement against the Pakistani rulers started under the direct command of Bangabandhu, who became the virtual ruler of the province. All government and non-government offices, the Secretariat, autonomous bodies, the High Court, the police, radio and television, banks and insurance companies and transport authorities- everything was running as per the directives of Sheikh Mujib.
On March 7, Bangabandhu addressed a massive rally in the Race Course Maidan with about a million people gathering from across the country. In his speech, Bangabandhu announced, “Our struggle this time is the struggle for freedom; our struggle this time is the struggle for independence”. This electrifying declaration by Bangabandhu was virtually the declaration of the independence of Bangladesh.