Dhaka, Sep 28 : Bangladesh on Saturday celebrated the 73rd birthday of it's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, albeit in her absence.
Though the Bangladesh premier is in the US, attending the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), her birthday will be celebrated in a befitting manner at home, said members of the ruling Awami League (AL), headed by Ms Hasina.
The party has drawn up various programmes to celebrate her birthday. The party will hold a discussion at the city’s Krishibid Institution at 1530 hrs on Saturday. Party's Presidium Member and Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury will chair the function. Top leaders of the party will address it. Milad and doa mahfils will be offered in the capital as well as different parts of the country.
Like previous years, AL and its affiliated organizations will celebrate the day through various programmes on the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina. Eldest of the five children of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa, Ms Hasina was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on September 28 in 1947.
In the 1986 Parliamentary election, she was elected as Parliament Member from three different constituencies.
After the overthrow of autocracy in 1990, she was elected as the Leader of the Opposition in the House. In 1996, 21 years after her father was assassinated, Sheikh Hasina led the Awami League and helped the party assume power and became the Prime Minister for the first time.
On August 21, 2004, Ms Hasina, the then opposition leader, barely escaped an attempt on her life as grenades were lobbed at an AL rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital. Although she survived the attack, at least 24 people were killed and over 200 were injured. Most of them were Awami League leaders and supporters. In 2008, she led the Grand Alliance to an overwhelming victory, acquiring 90 per cent of Parliament seats in the general elections. She was elected Prime Minister on January 5, 2014, for the second time in a raw. Ms Hasina assumed office of the Prime Minister for the third consecutive term with a thumping victory in general elections in December, 2018.
Under her leadership, Bangladesh has become a role model for development, attaining steady economic growth, becoming self-sufficient in food and attaining a marked progress in the fields of women empowerment, agriculture, education, health,infrastructure, communication, energy, power, trade and commerce, ICT and SME sectors.(UNI)