57th death anniversary of ShereBangla tomorrow

DHAKA, The 57th death anniversary of ShereBangla Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq will be observed in the country tomorrow in a befitting manner.

Awami League would pay tribute by placing wreath at the grave at 7.30 am. At the time Fatiha and spechial doa would also be offered.

Different political parties, including National Awami Party (NAP) and

National Democratic Party (NDP) and sociocultural and professional bodies,

including Bangladesh Jatiya Manobadhikar Samity and ShereBangla AK Fazlul

Huq Gobeshona Parishad, have chalked various programmes to observe the day.

The programmes include holding discussions, placing wreaths and offering

doa and munajat at ShereBangla's mazar in the city.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate

messages marking the death anniversary of ShereBangla.

In separate messages, they paid glowing tributes to the late leader and

recalled his struggle for economic freedom of the peasants and toiling people

of this country. They also prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said ShereBangla was an

extraordinary talented political leader. As a seasoned politician and social

activist, he worked for the welfare of the masses for more than half a

century, he added.

Abdul Hamid said Fazlul Huq, as a chief minister of undivided Bangla, had

an outstanding contribution to the development of every sector including

education, politics and social reforms.

The President recalled different steps taken by ShereBangla, including

the formation of the Debt Settlement Board, for the welfare of the repressed

and exploited farmers and the toiling masses.

The extraordinary personality and political wisdom and farsightedness of

ShereBangla would remain as a model to be followed by the next generation,

he added.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said ShereBangla had

struggled throughout his life for economic emancipation of the peasants of

this country.

She said because of his bold leadership, liberal and benevolent

characteristics, the people dubbed him as ShereBangla or Banglar Bagh

(Tiger of Bengal).

Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq, popularly known as ShereBangla or Huq Saheb, was

born on October 26, 1873, at his maternal uncle's house at Saturia, a

prosperous village in the Southern part of the district of Bakerganj. But his

ancestral house was at Chakhar, a village 14 miles away from Barisal town.

Huq was an eminent public leader who had held many high political posts

including the Mayor of Calcutta (1935), Chief Minister of undivided Bengal

(19371943) and East Bengal (1954), Home Minister of Pakistan (1955) and

Governor of East Pakistan (195658).

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)