Vice-Chancellor of National University Professor Harun-or-Rashid said Mujibnagar government was a great leap forward towards achieving the independence of Bangladesh, reports BSS.
He also said Mujibnagar government on this day got a legal stand for demanding all sorts of help and assistance of the world community to carry on armed struggle against the autocratic Pakistani junta who denied our right to self-determination, refused to hand over power to the elected representatives of the people.
Prof Rashid made this observation while addressing a discussion organised by Rajshahi University (RU) at its Senate Bhaban to mark the Mujibnagar Day as the chief guest on Wednesday.
On April 17 in 1971, Bangladesh government-in-exile took oath at Baidyanathtala mango grove in Meherpur, in the then Kushtia district.
RU VC Prof Abdus Sobhan and Pro-VCs Prof Ananda Kumar Shaha and Prof Chowdhury Muhammad Jakaria also spoke with Prof Mujibur Rahman, convener of RU Progressive Teachers Society, in the chair.
Prof Harun-or-Rashid paid glowing tributes to
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four other national leaders who contributed immensely to the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
He mentioned that the formation of the government with Syed Nazrul Islam as acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu along with Tajuddin Ahmed as Prime Minister at Baiddyanathtala, later, renamed Mujibnagar, was a legal fight and platform towards achieving the independence.
The NU VC recalled the events of the day when the exiled leaders took the most momentous decision of forming a legal government to draw global attention to the ongoing War of Liberation.