Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday alerted the people against electing anti-liberation elements, killers, militants and looters for the sake of the development of the country.
“I urge the people to remain alert so that the anti-liberation elements, killers, militants, looters, August 21 grenade attackers, arms smugglers and those who embezzled orphans’ money, cannot assume office anymore to play drakes and ducks with the fate of the countrymen,” she said.The premier was addressing a discussion programme organized by the ruling Awami League to mark the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
On March 17 in 1920, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh, was born in a respected family at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
Since assumption of state power in 1996, the Awami League has been observing the day as National Children’s Day.
Hasina, also the president of the ruling party, said after the country’s independence Bangabandhu called for forging a national unity for the economic emancipation of the people of the newly born Bangladesh.
She said her father got only three and half years to develop the war-torn country.
“Conspiracies were hatched one after another while he was rebuilding the war-torn country. He urged for forging national unity for economic emancipation. The call of Bangabandhu is still relevant,” she said.Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said the thought of an independent Bangladesh came to Bangabandhu since the 1952 historic Language Movement.
“He took part in the Language Movement and outlined plans for waging movement in phases. As a result, the victory in the Liberation War is the final outcome … and imbued the oppressed people of the idea of having an independent Bangladesh,” she said.
“Being oppressed, the Bengali nation forgot about its rights. Bangabandhu raised voice for the rights of the people,” she said.
The premier said Bangabandhu wanted to develop the country through the decentralization of administrative power.
“Some transformation has been made after the revolution. Many became rich all of a sudden. Thinking of that, he outlined plans to run the country,” he said.
The premier vowed to uphold the rights of the people by building a hunger-and-poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
“This Bangladesh is Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh where we want the rights of the people to be upheld and it is our commitment on this day that we will establish a hunger-and-poverty-free Sonar Bangla Insha Allah,” she added.
The premier asked the party men for taking preparations from now on to observe the birth centenary of Bangabandhu as Bangladesh would observe the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu as Mujib Year through year-long programmes.
“He gave us the independence. We will turn the country a developed one by upholding the spirit of independence
Sheikh Hasina slammed opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party founder General Ziaur Rahman for usurping office and destroying the electoral system.
She also bitterly criticized a section of people for terming Zia as the one who introduced multi-party democracy in the country.
“Is it multi-party democracy by making so many parties?” she posed a question.
She said curfew was imposed every night during Zia’s rule.
Addressing the programme, Awami League advisory council member Amir Hossain Amu said that Bangabandu engaged himself for establishing the rights of the common people of the country.
Another advisory council member Tofail Ahmed said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had relentlessly been working for completing the unfinished task of the great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib.
She is working for economic emancipation of the country to turn it a prosperous Bangladesh, he said.
Matia Chowdhury said that Bagabandhu Sheikh Mujib was the leader of the common people who had tried to get them free from all sorts of repression of the Pakistani government.
Other leaders, including Mabubul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Ahmed Hossain among others also addressed the programme, conducted by Hasan Mahmud and Aminul Islam.