Awami League (AL), its associate bodies and other likeminded parties observed the 9th anniversary of the heinous 21st August grenade attack on AL President Sheikh Hasina and party stalwarts. On this day in 2004, an anti-terror rally of Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital came under a grisly grenade attack.
A grateful nation paid glowing tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the National Mourning Day. On the fateful night of August 15 in 1975, some disgruntled and over ambitious army officers assassinated Bangabandhu and most of his family members at his Dhanmondi, Road-32 residence in the capital. Since the mayhem, Awami League, its associate bodies and other likeminded pro-liberation parties, social, cultural and professionals' organizations have been observing the day as the National Mourning Day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called upon all pro-liberation forces to forge a greater unity across the country for building a secular Bangladesh as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 'The country now requires a greater unity among all pro-liberation forces against those who opposed the country's independence and sovereignty in 1971,' she told a party discussion meeting organized on the occasion of the National Mourning Day.
Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has ruled out any possibility to sit in a dialogue the main opposition BNP. Syed Ashraf, who is also the LGRD and Cooperatives Minister, said, there can be no compromise with those who celebrate fake birthday on the death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has said he is sensing that the Awami League will return to power and is preparing for the next polls accordingly. "I don't have any information, but as a politician I can smell that Awami League will return to power through the next general election," he told an iftar party. He further said, the next general elections would be held in time and all political parties including the BNP would take part in that election. Ashraf said they have started preparing for the national election and they will be out on the field with spirited programmes after the Eid-ul-Fitr.