a worshipper of truth
The last Prime Minister of Bangabandhu's cabinet, Captain M. Mansur Ali, was born in January 16, 1917 at Kuripara in Sirajganj. After graduating in Economics and LLB from Aligarh Muslim University in 1944, he started practicing law. His entry in politics started with the Muslim League, and later he served as minister of the United Front government. In the 60s, when Mujib was in jail, Mansur Ali was the leader of the AL.
After the election of 1970, Yahya's declaration of a meeting to form the constitution of Pakistan led Bangabandhu, who believed in the systematic struggle for basic rights, to call a meeting of the National Assembly Parliamentary Party on February 16, 1971. Here decisions were taken that Mujibur Rahman would be the Prime Minister of West and East Pakistan and Mansur Ali, the Chief Minister of East Pakistan. Accordingly, it was expected that in Mujib's absence, Mansur Ali would be in charge of the High Command consisting of Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Khandokar Mushtaq Ahmad, M Mansur Ali and A H M Kamruzzaman.
However by the time Mansur Ali had reached India, Tajuddin Ahmad had already met the Prime Minister of India as representative of the Bangladesh Government in exile. It created some discontent among the Awami Leaguers, but Mansur Ali successfully calmed down the different factions and motivated everyone to work towards the liberation of the country, overlooking petty political issues. He himself took over the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Commerce.
In Bangabandhu's cabinet, Mansur Ali served as the Communication minister, Home Minister and lastly the Prime Minister. He was also made the Secretary General of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (BKSAL), a party created by Sheikh Mujib where all parliament members were obliged to join in.
In his memoir, Dr Mohammad Selim, eldest son of Mansur Ali wrote that on the morning of August 15, 1975 when he heard the news of Bangabadhu's murder on the radio, he immediately telephoned the Army chief Shafiullah, his deputy Ziaur Rahman and Air Force Chief AK Khandakar and ordered them to take action against the murderers, who were positioned at Bangabandhu's house. However, no action was taken, instead the illegitimate government headed by Khandokar Mushtaq had Mansur Ali under house arrest from August 16.
“On August 17, he was taken to Bangabhaban and was offered the post of Prime Minister. But my father Syed Mansur Ali declined the offer at Mushtaq's face,” says Mohammad Nasim, son of Mansur Ali and former Home Minister. Consequently, he was arrested on August 22 and on November 3 he was killed along with his three other colleagues in Dhaka Central Jail.