Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said she never tried to retreat from doing welfare of the country and its people even after repeated death threats in her life.
‘I’ve to move with the pain of losing close relatives. The path is not easy. I know I may have to face death again ...I never tried to step back,’ she said.
The prime minister was inaugurating 23 bridges on Joydebpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga road under South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation and Fatehpur railway overpass in Feni on Dhaka-Chittagong highway through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban.
She said although Bangladesh earned the independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the defeated forces never sat idle. ‘When they saw that Bangladesh was advancing economically, they made the strike on August 15, 1975 with their all strength.’
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest child of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said they did not kill only the country’s president, but also ruined a family completely. ‘Ten-year-old Russel had not also been spared. Their motive was to make sure no one of that bloodline comes (leadership) and that country’s people do not turn around again surrounding him,’ she said.
The prime minister mentioned that she herself and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana escaped the massacre as they were outside the country during the brutal killing.
The prime minister said after passing six years in exile, she returned home in 1981 and since then, she has a single aim which is to uplift the nation for which her father had sacrificed his life. ‘I’ve to change people’s fate anyhow so that they can live in peace, happiness and economic solvency.’
She also said people’s fate saw no change after August 15, 1975. ‘Only the fate of some handful people who were in power illegally was changed. General people were oppressed and deprived of all facilities.’
Sheikh Hasina said the government is taking necessary steps for the development of the country and its people. ‘And I’m getting cooperation from all.’
Talking about the bridges and the overpass which were opened today, she said these will enhance the regional connectivity of the country which will ultimately help Bangladesh open a new door for the socioeconomic development.
She also mentioned that the highways the government is constructing have two types of carriageways - one for local people and the other for speedy vehicles. ‘We’re constructing the highways in this way to reduce road accidents and to ensure that local people continue their communication without any problem,’ she said.
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader and chief of army staff General Aziz Ahmed also spoke at the programme.
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