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Gopalganj is a district (zila in Bangla) in the Dhakamarker division (bibhag in Bangla) of Bangladeshmarker. The district has about 1.1 million inhabitants and its surface area is 1,490 kmĀ². The main city of the district is also called Gopalganjmarker.

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

The district is the political bastion of the Sheikh family. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President of Bangladesh, hailed from the village of Tungiparamarker 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 15th, 1975 by a group of renegade army officers and the country plunged into more than a decade of military dictatorship.

Since the restoration of democracy Sheikh Mujib's daughter Sheikh Hasina Wajed,who went onto become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, has been elected four times from Gopalgonj-1 constituency. Her cousin and Sheikh Mani's brother, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim has been elected four times from Gopalgonj-2 constituency.

History

Gopalganj District was established in 1984, prior to this it was a subdivision of Faridpur Districtmarker.

Subdivisions

  1. Gopalganj Sadar Upazilamarker
  2. Kashiani Upazilamarker
  3. Kotalipara Upazilamarker
  4. Muksudpur Upazilamarker
  5. Tungipara Upazilamarker


Places of interest

  • Ulpur has a former Zamindar palace which is currently used a Tehsil Office and many other Zamindar mansions. It was the home of the Basu Roy Chowdhury family.


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