President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the great leader.
The President and the Premier paid their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu at Tungipara, Gopalganj on Sunday (Mar 17).
President Abdul Hamid first laid a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu followed by the Prime Minister.
After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Father of the Nation as the bugle played the last post.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force gave an honour guard on the occasion.
Abdul Hamid and Sheikh Hasina offered Fateha and joined a munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu as well as other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Bangabandhu, was present on the occasion.
Awami League (AL) Advisory Council Members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Kabir Hossain and Rashidul Alam, Presidium Members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Muhammad Faruk Khan, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mian, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Industries Minister Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, AL Acting General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Joint Secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Enamul Haque Shamim, Abul Hasnat Abdullah, MP, Sheikh Helal Uddin, MP, were present.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed
Patwary, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hasan, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin and senior AL leaders and high civil and military officials were also present.
Later, the President signed the visitor’s book kept on the mazar premises.
Earlier on his arrival on the mazar premises, President Abdul Hamid was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Rehana, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Abul Hasnat Abdullah.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of AL.
The Prime Minister flew to Tungipara after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital city.
The birthday of Bangabandhu is being observed across the country today as the National Children’s Day.
The theme of this year’s birthday of Bangabandhu and National Children’s Day is “Bangabandhu’s birthday, rinse life of the children with colour”.