Hasina’s Homecoming Day today
The Homecoming Day of Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be observed today across the country in a befitting manner.
On May 17, 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home from India after nearly six years in exile following the assassination of the country's founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members by a group of disgruntled army officers on August 15, 1975.
However, both the daughters of Bangabandhu – Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana – survived as they were in Germany at the time.
Hasina was elected the president of Awami League in her absence at the party's national council held on February 14-16, 1981.
On the day, after a long hovering over the airport, an aircraft of Indian Airline carrying Sheikh Hasina from New Delhi via Kolkata, touched the runway at 4:30 pm.
Soon after alighting from the aircraft, she was overwhelmed by emotion and kissed the soil of the motherland.
A nor’wester had hit the city and there was incessant rainfall on the day, yet over a million people had gathered outside the Kurmitola Airport in Dhaka to receive her. They had come from every corner of the country and the whole thoroughfare from the Farm Gate point to Kurmitola in the city was full of jubilant crowd.
“I have come to stay beside the people of Bangladesh and taken part in the struggle for freedom. I have not come to be the leader of Awami League. I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your daughter, and as a worker of Awami League, who believes in the ideals of Bangabandhu,” she told a huge mass at Manik M at avenue on the day.