MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed today (Monday) marking the formation of Bangladesh`s first government to lead the War of Liberation in 1971.
Awami League leaders assembled at Baidyanathtala in Meherpur on April 17 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Baidyanathtala, then a mango orchard, was later named as Mujibnagar. Bangabandhu was declared the first president of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh, while Vice-president Syed Nazrul Islam became the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu.
Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first prime minister, while Khandoker Moshtaque Ahmed, M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamaruzzaman were named cabinet members.
The interim government named General MAG Osmani as Commander-in-Chief of Mukti Bahini and appointed Major General Abdur Rob as the chief of staff.
Following the formation of the government, the nation’s formal journey on the road to liberation had begun and the struggle for independence attained legitimacy and acceptability from the people across the world.
Moreover, it was this formal proclamation of independence by the people’s elected representatives that ultimately formed the basis of all laws including the constitution of the country.
To mark the Mujibnagar Day President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.
Many political parties and socio-economic organizations have chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day. The national flag has been hoisted at the Memorial Monument at Mujibnagar at dawn.