Bangamata’s 89th birth anniversary observed

DHAKA, The 89th birth anniversary of Bangamata Begum

Fazilatunnesa Mujib was observed in the city and elsewhere in the country

today with due respect.

Begum Fazilatunnessa, wife of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh

Mujibur Rahman and mother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, embraced martyrdom

along with Bangabandhu and other family members in a brutal predawn attack by

some disgruntled army personnel on August 15 in 1975.

Fazilatunnesa, who played a pivotal role in nation building activities and

struggled for an independent Bangladesh staying beside Bangabandhu, was born

at Tungipara village of Gopalganj district on August 8 in 1930.

The birth anniversary was observed nationally and the Ministry of Women

and Children Affairs took different programmes marking the anniversary.

The ministry organized a discussion marking the anniversary at Bangabandhu

International Conference Center (BICC). Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Shirin

Sharmin Choudhury addressed the discussion as the chief guest. State minister

for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira chaired the discussion

while chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of

women and children affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, Jatiya Mahila Sangstha

chairman Prof Momtaj Begum took part in the discussion. Secretary of the

women and children affairs ministry Kamrun Nahar delivered the welcome


A documentary on Bangamata was screened after the discussion.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate

messages marking the day. Besides, the ruling Awami League, its associate

bodies and other likeminded organizations paid rich tributes to Bangamata

Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib by placing wreaths on her grave at the Banani

Graveyard here.

The daylong programme began at 8 in the morning through placing of wreaths

on her grave by Awami League (AL) general secretary and Road Transport and

Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and other leaders.

Awami League Presidium Members Matia Chowdhury, Information Minister and AL

Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, joint general

secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman,

organising secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Enamul Haque Shamim and office

secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, among others, were present.

Leaders and workers of different organizations including AL and its

associate bodies also offered Quran Khwani, milad and doa mahfils near the

grave seeking divine blessings and eternal peace of the departed soul of


Later, leaders and workers of Awami League North and South City unit, Juba

League (JL), Chhatra League, Swechchhasebak League (SL), Jatiya Sramik

League, Mahila Awami League, Jubo Mahila League, Krishak League, Tanti

League, Bangamata Parishad, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote and many other

organizations also placed wreaths on her grave marking the birth anniversary.

AL Relief and Social Welfare Sub Committee distributed foods, clothes and

dengue prevention materials among the orphans, disabled and destitute people

marking the birth anniversary of Bangamata at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi

road no.32. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader addressed the programme as

the chief guest.

Awami Swechchhasebak League (SL) held a discussion meeting in front of

Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi road no.32 with SL president Molla Md Abu

Kawsar in the chair. AL advisory committee member Tofail Ahmed attended it as

the chief guest while AL organising secretary AFM Baha Uddin Nasim,

Bangladesh Medical Association president Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, SL

general secretary Pangkaj Devnath, among others, took part in the discussion.

Marking the anniversary, Awami Jubo League held a discussion at Bangladesh

Shilpakala Academy auditorium with its chairman Mohammad Omar Faruque

Chowdhury in the chair. AL advisory council member Amir Hossain Amu attended

it as the chief guest.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)