PM visits ancestral home turned AL office

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GOPALGONJ : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today visited Bangabandhu’s ancestral home in Gopalgonj town, now being used as the district unit office of Awami League, as she is now on a two-day visit to her village home.

“After her oath in office this is her first visit to Bangabandhu’s ancestral home at Bank Para in Gopalgonj town which Bangabandhu’s father Sheikh Lutfor Rahman purchased in fifties and used as residence,” a relative and leader of the local Awami League said.

People in the neighbiurhood said during the Liberation War Pakistani occupation forces burnt down the home forcing Bangabandhu to purchase another piece of land beside his ancestral home while the original one was left unattended for a long time after his brutal death in 1975.

In eighties Sheikh Hasina renovated the home and allowed the Awami League to use it as party office.

As the prime minister arrived at the office, president of Gopalgonj district Awami League Chowdhury Emdadul Haque and general secretary Mahbub Alam Khan received her.

They introduced the other party leaders with the premier, who moved around the home to recollect her memories.

Presidium member of Awami League and local parliament member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, religious affairs secretary of Awami League Sheikh Abdullah and central Awami League leader SM Kamal Hossain were present.

In a short views-exchanging meeting with party leaders, the prime minister expressed her profound delight for having the opportunity to visit the house which carries the memories of Bangabandhu.

She also urged them to strengthen the party at all levels and monitor the projects being implemented in their areas. Sheikh Hasina arrived here this morning on a two-day visit to open the 11th National Rover Moot.

After opening the Moot, Sheikh Hasina arrived at her ancestral home where she will stay overnight. She will return Dhaka Friday afternoon.

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