Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said that she would live at her village in Tungipara after retirement from politics.
‘When I will retire from politics, I will go to my village and stay there. It is my decision to stay in my ancestral village to Tungipara after retirement,’ she said in her speech after a spectacular cultural show at Bangladesh Ansar and VDP Academy in Shafipur of Gazipur in the morning.
The artistes of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP performed at the cultural function on the occasion of the 39th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party.
Sheikh Hasina became emotional on seeing two children dance on a boat at the cultural function at the Ansar-VDP lake.
She said that the boat had reminded of her childhood days.
‘My grandfather had a big panshi boat that had two rooms and windows. I would to touch the water with my bare hands when I sat near the windows of that boat,’ she said.
Hasina, daughter of founder president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said, ‘My brother Sheikh Kamal and I used to climb on the roof of the boat and play there. This boat has brought back my childhood memories.’
The prime minister pointed out her government’s initiatives for turning every village into a town.
‘Our aim is that rural people will get all the urban facilities and will get to live a better life,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina said, ‘We want the future of today’s children to be brighter and more beautiful as well as technology-based.’
The prime minister urged everyone to cooperate in building a more developed and prosperous Bangladesh.
She said that Sheikh Mujib had liberated the country to establish a hunger and poverty-free nation.
‘Our commitment is to materialise his dream. We have removed hunger and cut down the poverty rate significantly and the rate of poverty will have to be cut further,’ she said.
The prime minister said that she firmly believed that the Ansar and VDP members could change every village.
‘Bangladesh is a beautiful country and all will have to work to build our motherland in such a way so that we could move with our heads held high,’ she said.
‘We will establish ourselves by standing on our own feet and making use of our own resources,’ she added.
Ministers, the deputy speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were also present at the function.
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