Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon people to extend their all-out support for accelerating the country’s ongoing development.“I seek support of people to foster the country’s ongoing development,” Hasina said while addressing a discussion programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
The ruling Awami League (AL) organised the programme marking Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day.
On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu, the supreme commander of the country’s Liberation War, returned to his independent Bangladesh after his release from solitary confinement for nine and a half months in a Pakistan prison.
Since then, the nation is observing the day as the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu.
Bangabandhu proclaimed the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26 and called on the people from all walks of life to participate in the Liberation War.
Hasina, also the president of AL, said that they would turn Bangladesh into a developed country, which would be free from hunger and poverty.She bashed the successive governments for their failure to take the country forward. “The other governments have failed to develop the country during their 28-year rule. Whenever the Awami League assumes office, it develops the country,” she said, adding that they want to take the country forward following the ideals of Bangabandhu.
Criticising the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the premier alleged that instead of working for people, the BNP-led government plunged into corruption and made fortune.
“Ziaur Rahman in the name of multi-party democracy staged a mockery with the people. He rehabilitated the war criminals in the name of multi-party democracy,” she said.
The premier also slammed BNP-Jamaat for their attempt to erase the contribution of Bangabandhu from the country’s history.
Addressing the programme, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said the ongoing development works in the country will continue if the AL is voted to power again through the next general election.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said that Bangabandhu had a dream of establishing a developed country.
“He also took steps to achieve the goal before his assassination,” Tofail said. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said the country had been ruled in pro-Pakistani style after the killing of Bangabandhu on August 15 in 1975.
Another member of the presidium Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said that his party would continue the developments of the country, foiling all conspiracies.
Housing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain called on party leaders and activists to go door to door to beg vote for ‘Boat’ before the next general election.
Prof Muntasir Mamun said Sheikh Mujib united the country after the liberation war while Ziaur Rahman divided the country ideologically.
The central leaders of the party, including Raymond Areng, Marufa Akter Poppy, Dhaka City south general secretary Shahe Alam Murad and north general secretary Sadek Khan, spoke at the discussion programme.
Earlier, the prime minister paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.
After laying wreaths, the premier stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence.
Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of AL, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.
Later, the leaders of AL’s associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Sramik League, Mahila Awami League, Swechchhasebak League, Jubo Mahila League, Krishak League, Dhaka city AL and other socio-cultural organisations laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.