Bangladesh Awami League, the party which waged
the Bengali nationalist movement nearly seven decades ago and subsequently
steered the country’s 1971 Liberation War, is set to stage its 21st National
Council at the Suhrawardy Udyan here tomorrow.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the
two-day council through releasing the symbol of peace pigeon at 3pm at the
historic venue, the site of Bangabandhu’s landmark 7th March address and
surrender of Pakistani troops in 1971.
The theme of the council is “On the way to implement Bangabandhu’s dream of
Sonar Bangla under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, being advance irresistibly: We
The main council session will be held on December 21 at Institution of
Engineers drawing over 7,000 councilors from across the country a day after
it’s opening at the Suhrawardy Udyan.
The council venue wore a festive look with crowds of onlookers and
organizers to witness the preparedness while in the evening it was
illuminated gorgeously and decorated with banners and festoons. Portrait of
Bangabandhu and Sheikh Hasina were seen in the area along with some festoons
carrying the history and tradition of AL as well as the symbols of party’s
The main stage of the council was prepared which is 102 feet in length and
40 feet in width and looks like a ‘Boat’, shipping on Padma River. Portrait
of National Memorial will be on the stage and behind the memorial;
Bangabandhu and Sheikh Hasina’s portrait will also be there.
Joint secretary of AL also convener of Stage and Decoration sub-committee
for the council Jahangir Kabir Nanak said this time decoration will be simple
and there will be no decoration outside the Udyan. A total of 50 thousands
councilors, delegates, leaders and activists will participate.
A card and two Compact Disc (CD) will be provided from the AL publicity
committee carrying the documentation of the development project operated
during the AL regime. They also developed a webpage marking this council
through which the council will be live telecasted live streamed, opening up
an opportunity for the party leaders, activists and others to get connected
online with Suhrawardi Uddyan.
Health subcommittee has already prepared 12 first aid medical centers with
one hundred physicians.
Others preparation including preparing uniforms for the volunteers,
delegate card, posters, banners and leaflets has already completed.
Stringent security vigil were enforced in the capital coinciding with the
council while Awami League and some 2,000 trained party volunteers were
mobilized to ensure discipline and security in and around the council venue.
“The party volunteers will work alongside law enforcement agencies in a
coordinated way,” member secretary of Discipline and Volunteer Affairs sub-
committee for the council, AFM Bahauddin Nasim told BSS.
He said some 2,000 volunteers were drawn from Swechchhasebak League, Jubo
League, Chhatra League and other likeminded organization to ensure security
and discipline at the council venue.
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader said the new committee
will be modern and organised with the new and old people under the leadership
of Sheikh Hasina. We have to go forward putting Bangabandhu’s ideology in