Today is Sheikh Hasina’s Homecoming Day.May 07 is the 39th Homecoming Day of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. On this day in 1981, after a long exile, he returned to Bengal. He arrived at the then Dhaka Kurmitola Airport via Kolkata from the Indian capital Delhi at 4.30 pm on an Indian Airlines Boeing flight.
Earlier, on 15 August 1975, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family were brutally killed. At that time, his two daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana were in exile and they were released from the hands of the killers.
She was later elected as President of the Awami League in the absence of Sheikh Hasina at the National Council Session of the Awami League held on 14, 15 and 16 February 1981.
In response to the heartfelt love of about 1.5 million people present at the airport to welcome Sheikh Hasina on her return, she said she had come to the country to take part in the liberation struggle from the side of the people of Bengal.
Sheikh Hasina said, ‘I did not come to be the leader of Awami League. I want to be by your side as your sister, as a daughter, as an Awami League worker who believes in the ideals of Bangabandhu.’
Sheikh Hasina’s return home on May 07 is a significant event in the history of Bangladesh’s democratic movement-struggle and development-progress and prosperity. Every year on the occasion of the return of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina to her homeland on May 07, various programs are celebrated by the Awami League and its allies to restore democracy in Bangladesh. But this year, in the crisis caused by the global epidemic, the Bangladesh Awami League has been avoiding all kinds of public political programs under the direction of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
On the occasion of May 07, the Bangladesh Awami League has called upon the leaders and workers of the Awami League and allied organizations and the people of the country to offer special prayers and supplications to the Most Merciful while sitting at home wishing Sheikh Hasina good health and longevity. At the same time, the Bangladesh Awami League has decided to express love and gratitude to the beloved leader by making the ongoing efforts to address the Corona crisis more dynamic by following the directives of Sheikh Hasina.
Dhaka Bureau Chief, May 07,2020