Today (Friday) is the historic March 7, a red- letter day in the history of the Bangalees long arduous freedom struggle,
On this day in 1971, the undisputed leader of the Bangalees Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his epoch- making speech of independence at the Race Course Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka.
In his 19-minute speech from 4.23 pm before a million freedom-loving people of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, Bangabandhu in unequivocal term said, “We had spilled bloods…we are ready to shed more bloods, the people of the country shall be freed, Inshallah!
Today Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to stay united and combat all evil forces.
“Many had conspired, but failed. No one will be able to play with Bangladesh’s fate,” she said on Friday.
She also reiterated the Awami League’s determination to build a ‘hunger and poverty free’ Bangladesh.
Hasina thanked the people for not responding to and joining the BNP’s movement despite repeated appeals by its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
She was addressing a rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan organised by her party to mark the historic March 7, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave his epoch-making speech in 1971.
The founding father of the nation in his fiery address at the Dhaka’s Race Course Maidan – now Suhrawardy Udyan – had given the clarion call for a decisive battle against the then repressive Pakistani army.
The Prime Minister on Friday arrived at the rally venue around 4:30pm. Thousands of party leaders and activists welcomed her with rousing slogans.
Supporters of Awami League and its affiliate wings had begun arriving since morning with banners and festoons.
Sheikh Hasina has marked the Suhrawardi Udyan (erstwhile racecourse) as a significant place throughout the history of Bangladesh in the process of nation making.
She said her government has increased the production of electricity and the living standards,and the country’s image