Bhashani’s 135th birth anniv Saturday

Bhashani’s 135th birth anniv Saturday

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The 135th birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, a great national leader, will be observed on Saturday with due respect.  Born in 1880 at village Dhanpara in Sirajganj, Bhashani dedicated his life to establishing the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden.Various political parties and socio-cultural organisations have chalked out programmes to mark the day.On the occasion, recitations from the holy Quran and prayer sessions will be arranged by his followers at his graveside at Shantosh,Tangail.Besides, Maulana Bhashani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) and the Bhashani Foundation will hold various programmes at Santosh.Popularly known as ‘Majlum Jananeta’, the leader of the downtrodden, Bhashani was a popular leader in his fight against imperialism and oppression of Pakistani rulers.He had led the historic Farakka March in 1976 to ensure Bangladesh’s just rights over the share of the Ganges River waters.Bhashani was the founder and president of the Pakistan Awami Muslim League which later became Awami League (AL). He also formed a progressive political organisation called National Awami Party (NAP).His lifelong struggle for a just and exploitation-free society earned him a special place in people’s hearts. He was also one of the organisers of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, meanwhile, issued a message paying rich tributes to the memory of the late great leader on the occasion.She said Bhashani had struggled throughout his life for establishing the rights of the oppressed people. “No obstacle can block our way toreach the desired gaol, if we follow the path he (Bhashani) showed us.” -UNB

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