“We’re surviving with food and drinks provided by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We would have died of starvation had she not sent rice, lentils and other essentials.”
Aged over 70, Manowara Begum made the remarks after receiving relief at Purbakandi mosque field at Kushla union in Kotalipara of Gopalganj on Wednesday.
Funded by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana, a three-day relief distribution programme started in Kotalipara upazila. The two daughters of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman sent 4,000 packets of food to be distributed on the occasion of the 91st birth anniversary of their mother Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
Initially, the relief items were distributed among corona-hit destitute in Kushla union, but the same will be available for the people of 197 villages under 11 unions and a municipality of the upazila.
Speaking on the occasion, upazila Awami League President Bhabendranath Biswas said, “Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib was political adviser of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She used to give support to him in every work. When Bangabandhu was in jail, she maintained contact with party leaders and activists. We’re recalling the contribution of the great woman with great respect today.”
Ainal Hossain Sheikh, general secretary of Kotalipara Awami League, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana sent 4,000 packets of rice, lentils, potatoes, oil and salt to be distributed among vulnerable people. “They spent their money for procuring the relief items.
Gopalganj district did not see any development after the assassination of Bangabandhu along with most of his family members, said Kushla union parishad Chairman Quamrul Islam Badal, adding that Awami League coming to power in 1996 started to work for socioeconomic and infrastructural development.
“Development of Gopalganj again faced a setback after the BNP-led four-party alliance formed government. In 2009, Awami League again came to power and the district started to see development. Had Sheikh Hasina not been in power, people of the area would have died of starvation,” he opined.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ferdous Wahid, UP chairman Golam Kibria, Awami League leaders Atikuzzaman Khan Badal, Ruhul Amin Khan, Mizanur Rahman, upazila Sramik League President Rafiqul Islam Talukder, and Kushla union Awami League General Secretary Jamal Sheikh addressed the programme.