Prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked her party men to remain always beside the countrymen as vanguards so that none could play ducks and drakes with their fate anymore.
‘The fates of the people are being changed due to stay of the Awami League in power. We, all the Awami League leaders and activists, have to stay always beside the people as vanguards as none can play ducks and drakes with their fate,’ she said.
Presiding over virtually a discussion from her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital, marking the 72nd founding anniversary of the ruling the AL, the prime minister called upon the AL leaders and activists to work in such a way that they could change the fate of the countrymen.
Describing the AL as one of the oldest parties in the sub-continent as it has stepped into 72 years, she said that this was the party which could build the Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Mentioning that the people of the country are getting food, clothing, accommodation, education and treatment as the AL is in power, she said, ‘They (countrymen) will again be deprived of rights if AL is no longer in power.’
So, the prime minister asked her party men to always remain alert about the rights of the people staying beside them in their happiness and sorrow, saying that if the AL is in power, the people of the country will certainly make more development, which will help them lead a better life.
The AL president said that the history of the independence, and all the socio-economic and cultural achievements interrelated with the history of her party.
She added, ‘I think, the achievements, which we have got so far, became possible as a powerful Awami League is beside us.’
Mentioning that it is impossible for a government to do any work without having a strong political party behind it, Sheikh Hasina called upon her party leaders and activists to give a special focus on building the AL as a more stronger party from the grassroots despite facing some difficulties due to the Covid outbreak.
The prime minister, however, came down heavily on those who are trying to ignore AL’s contribution to the country’s development, by saying, ‘Bangladesh is becoming a land of one party.’
In this connection, she said that if there is any political party in Bangladesh for the masses, it is the Awami League as it was formed from the grassroots people to protect their rights while BNP and Jatiya Party were formed by military dictators after assuming power illegally by violating the country’s constitution.
She said that many people said many things, but they did not consider these (formations of BNP and Jatiya Party).
The prime minister said that some of them are waiting for the coming of any illegal government in the state as flags can be raised in their cars.
At the discussion, AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, MP, gave a welcome address.
AL presidium members Begum Matiya Chowdhury, MP, agriculture minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, MP, and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, its joint general secretary and information and broadcasting minister Hasan Mahmud, MP, executive committee member Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram, women affairs secretary Meher Afroz Chumki, MP, Dhaka south city AL president Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Dhaka north city AL president Sheikh Bazlur Rahman spoke on the occasion.
AL publicity and publication minister Abdus Sobhan Golap, MP, moderated the function from the Ganabhaban end.
The prime minister earlier unveiled the cover of a memorial documentary book titled ‘Sheikh Hasinar Netritter Char Dashak: Sanggrami Neta Theke Kaljoyee Rastronayok’ (Four Decades of Sheikh Hasina’s Leadership: From a Struggling Leader to a Time-tested Statesman) published by the information and research sub-committee of the AL and edited by the party’s information and research secretary Salim Mahmud.
At the outset of the discussion, one minute of silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, martyrs of the liberation war and all the democratic movements.
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