In a national council session of the Awami League from February 14-16 in 1981, Sheikh Hasina was elected as party president
The 41st Homecoming Day of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was observed on Monday.
On May 17, 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned to Bangladesh after a long exile.
President Md Abdul Hamid issued a message on the occasion on Sunday.
Various organizations, including the ruling Awami League, usually arrange elaborate programs to mark the day throughout the country, but this year the day is being celebrated on a limited scale in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of the AL’s programs, a two-day documentary exhibition titled “Sheikh Hasina’s Four Decades: Indomitable Progress of Changed Bangladesh” was inaugurated on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi road number 32 on Sunday.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the exhibition through a videoconference from his official residence, while the AL information and research affairs sub-committee arranged the inauguration.
AL Advisory Council Member Dr Mashiur Rahman presided over the function virtually while Dhaka University former Vice-Chancellor and chairman of the board of directors of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique joined it virtually as a discussant.
Dhaka City North unit of AL arranged a discussion at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue at 11am while AL Dhaka City South unit will arranged a doa mahfil and discussion at Mahanagar Natyamancha at 3pm.
Special doa and prayers were also offered at mosques, temples, churches and pagodas to mark the day.
“Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale,” a docudrama bringing to life the trials and tribulations of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went through following the assassination of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was rescreened on television channels.
The locally and globally acclaimed docudrama was screened on BTV and BTV World at 3:30pm and some private television channels also screened it, said a press release from the Centre for Research and Information (CRI).
On May 17 in 1981, AL President Sheikh Hasina returned home after six years of exile, defying different obstacles of the then government.
Boarding an aircraft of Indian Airlines, she reached the then Kurmitola Airport in Dhaka from the Indian capital of New Delhi via Kolkata at 4:30pm.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally killed along with most of his family members on August 15 in 1975. His daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana luckily escaped the brutal assassination as they were abroad.
In a national council session of the Awami League from February 14-16 in 1981, Sheikh Hasina was elected as party president in her absence.
“I have returned to the country not to become a leader of the Awami League, rather to participate in the struggle for freedom by staying beside the people,” said the AL president in a heart touching reception accorded by nearly 1.5 million people at the airport at that time.
She added: “I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your daughter, and as a worker of Awami League, who believes in the ideals of Bangabandhu.”