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Gopalganj District (Bangladesh)

NameGopalganj
Latd23.20|latm=|lats=|latNS=
Longd89.80|longm=|longs=|longEW=
Coordinates Displayinline,title
Division NameDhaka Division
Leader PartyPanna Biswas was a founder of Chatro League of Gopalgonj.
Area Total Km21489.92
Population Total1132046
Population As Of1991
Literacy Rate38.2%

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Gopalganj ( ) is a district (zila in Bangla) in the Dhaka division (bibhag in Bangla) of Bangladesh. The district has about 1.1 million inhabitants and its surface area is 1,490 km2. The main city of the district is also called Gopalganj.

Gopalganj is subdivided into five subdistricts (upazila/thana).

The district is the political bastion of the Awami League. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, hailed from the village of Tungipara in the district. Sheikh Mujib's nephew Sheikh Fazlul Haq Mani had also been elected to parliament from Gopalgonj-2 constituency. Both were assassinated on August 15, 1975 and the country was lifted from the ruins of socialist style dictatorship of the Mujib family and Awami League sycophants.

Since the restoration of multi-party democracy and freedom of the press by President Ziaur Rahman, and again by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Sheikh Mujib's daughter Sheikh Hasina Wajed, had the pleasure in contesting elections, thus has been elected four times from Gopalgonj-3 constituency and twice Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Her cousin and Sheikh Mani's brother, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim has been elected four times from Gopalgonj-2 constituency.

Recently Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Gopalganj has constructed a webportal of the district as www.dcgopalganj.gov.bd [http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/G_0159.htm under Access to Information program of the Prime Minister's Office. This has been done under the Digital Bangladesh implementation concept of the incumbent government.


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