RANGPUR, March 7, 2017 (BSS) - The historic March 7 was observed here today with a fresh vow to further consolidate the national unity for building a developed and secular 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The district and upazila units of Awami League (AL), Bangladesh Chhatra League, Juba League, Swechchasebak League and Krishak League, different sociocultural and professional organisations chalked out programmes to observe the day.
The programmes included hoisting of the national and party flags, placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu, paying rich tributes to Bangabandhu and four national leaders, discussions on significance and importance of the day.
The epoch-making historic speech of Bangabandhu on this day at the then Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in 1971 was played in the city, upazila headquarters and important places in the district.
The main discussion was organised at the party's district unit office in Betpotti area with Acting President of district AL Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed in the chair.
General Secretary of district AL Advocate Rezaul Karim Raju, its city unit President Shafiur Rahman Shafi and General Secretary Tushar Kanti Mandal, senior AL leaders Advocate Anwarul Islam, Motahar Hossain Mandal Mowla, Tauhidur Rahman Tutul, addressed, among others.
The speakers highlighted significance of Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech that gave the Bengali Nation concrete direction for launching struggle to achieve ultimate national independence through the War of Liberation.
They cautioned the pro-liberation forces to remain alert as the vested anti-liberation quarters had been hatching conspiracies to destabilise the country through militancy, killing innocent people and creating anarchy and violence.
They vowed for building a non-communal, developed and prosperous Bangladesh free from razakars, al-bards, al-shams, militants and terrorists through foiling all conspiracies being hatched by the anti-liberation forces against the country and its people.
In his concluding speech, Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed said the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu united and inspired the whole Bengali Nation to take part in the War of Liberation as the all-time best speech in the world.
He also called upon common people for working unitedly in spirit of the War of Liberation to build a middle income Bangladesh by 2021, and subsequently a developed country by 2041, as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.