Within 4 months and 20 days of the creation of Pakistan, an opposition student organization named East Pakistan Students League (current day Bangladesh Chattra League) was formed by then young leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on January 4, 1948. About a year and half later, on June 23 1949, under the leadership of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy Awami Muslim League was formed which later evolved into Awami League basing on secular principals and later Bangladesh Awami League in independent Bangladesh; In the first council of Awami Muslim League Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani was the President, Shamsul Haq of Tangail the Secretary while Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the Joint Secretary. Later when Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani formed National Awami Party, Bangabandhu took on the leadership in resigning his government responsibility to work on the organization.
Since inception, the party spearhead many mild-stone movements including language movement which reached peak in 1952, 1954 jukto-front election win, 1966 six point demand, non-co-operation movement, 1969 student movement, 1970 general election, 1971 independence war of Bangladesh, 1971-1975 reconstruction of a war ravaged country,
1975 onward she is leading movement for democracy, universal suffrage and peaceful transfer of power to establish institutional rule. In continuity of her service to our Nation, she is developing Bangladesh by ensuring food surplus, ensuring energy security, zero tolerance for terrorism, above 6% GDP growth despite global recession and terrorism, access to education for all, growing exports, growing purchasing power, growing per capita income, growing remittance, promoting domestic industrialization. Furthermore, under her leadership Bangladesh is chairing in international bodies (Inter-Parliamentary Union, etc), increased life expectancy, decreased mother mortality rate at birth, decreased child mortality rate at birth, decreased poverty rate to 22.7% from 45 % within last seven years, 300 plus electronic and print media outlets, 11 million plus mobile subscribers, world class cricket team, etc. All the above but not limited to are some of the contributions of Bangladesh Awami League in its 66 years of responsibilities reflecting the party’s commendable contributions to Bangladesh and humanity.
All the best wishes to Bangladesh Awami League on her 66th Birthday. Her school of thoughts were contributing factor for the greater good of humanity in its inception and its evolution; May be that is why despite being in the opposition for majority of its lifespan and falling victim of terrorism repeatedly, Bangladesh Awami League grew bigger and stronger in its resolve and in the hearts and minds of the majority of Bangladesh. God bless.
Joy Bangla. Joy Bangabandhu. Joy Sheikh Hasina.