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Don’t use power for personal gain: Hasina

She is elected leader of the House for fourth time

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  • 4 January, 2019 12:00 AM
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Don’t use power for personal gain: Hasina

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Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the newly elected lawmakers of her party not to exercise power for personal gain.

“Don’t misuse the power. Instead, consider it a responsibility to the people. Don’t use the state power for personal gain,” she was quoted as telling the new MPs during a meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) at Parliament Secretariat.

“As people love Awami League, they cast votes in favour of you. Now you have to pay the debts through work and standing by them in their hard times,” a lawmaker quoted her as saying.

The ALPP sat for the meeting after the oath of the newly-elected lawmakers of the 11th parliament.

The ALPP unanimously elected Sheikh Hasina as the Leader of the House for the third consecutive term.  

Meeting sources said Obaidul Quader, general secretary of Awami League, proposed the name of Sheikh Hasina as the Leader of the House while industries minister Amir Hossain Amu supported the proposal.

The proposal was accepted unanimously.

The AL president bitterly criticised BNP-dominated Jatiya Oikya Front for contesting the polls with anti-liberation force Jamaat-e-Islami.

“The people have given a befitting reply to BNP for contesting the polls with Jamaat. People don’t support war criminals,” she said.

She asked her party’s MPs to remain alert to conspiracies.

“Conspiracy is still being hatched. So, you have to remain alert,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, who led her party in consecutive third term in office through polls, said many thought that Awami League would be vanished after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“If any party has the support of people, none can destroy it,” she said.

Some disgruntled army personnel killed Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on August 15 in 1975 and toppled his three-and-a-half-year regime.

Sheikh Hasina, incumbent premier, and her sister Sheikh Rehana escaped the carnage as they were in Germany.

Hasina returned home in 1981 after she was elected the president of the party in absence. She first led the AL in office in 1996, 21 years after Bangabandhu’s assassination.