DHAKA, Jan 04, 2018 (BSS) - The 70th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League, was celebrated in the city and elsewhere across the country in a festive mood.
On the occasion, the BCL central committee members, led by its President Saifur Rahman Shohagh and General Secretary SM Jakir Hossain, placed wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi at 7.30 am.
Later, different units of the organization, including BCL Dhaka University unit, Dhaka city north and south units and Jagannath University unit, placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
Earlier, the day's programmes began by hoisting national and party flags at the party office at 6.30 am.
Later, the BCL leaders cut cakes at Dhaka University Fazlul Haque Hall at 8 am where a number of leaders and activists were present.
Colourful processions were brought out by different district and upazila units to mark the day.
The BCL central committee will bring a colourful procession on January 6.
Besides, a voluntary blood donation campaign will be held on January 9 and educational materials would be distributed among students on January 11.
The largest student organization having glorious heritage of struggle and success, the BCL came into being on January 4 in 1948 at the instruction of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a view to attaining the country's independence.
The BCL has been leading all democratic and progressive movements in the country since its foundation in 1948. This organization attained victory in all struggles in exchange for great sacrifices.
The BCL played pioneering roles in the language movement in 1952, in the victory of Jukta Front in 1954 polls, anti-Aiyub movement in 1958, education movement in 1964, six-point movement in 1966, mass upsurge in 1969, elections in 1970, the great Liberation War in 1971, rehabilitation activities in post-war Bangladesh, movement for restoration of democracy after 1975 changeover, student movement in 1983 and anti-autocratic movement in 1990.
The BCL was also engaged in the movement launched by Sheikh Hasina against the 'state terrorism' unleashed by the then BNP-Jamaat alliance government after the 2001 polls.
The BCL also waged a strong movement after the one-eleven changeover when the army-backed government arrested Sheikh Hasina on July 16 in 2007 without any reason.
Now the BCL is working relentlessly to implement Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's programme for building a digital Bangladesh.