The ruling Awami League was rescued by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from a deep crisis by returning home from abroad on this day in 1981 amid an adverse political situation in the country, speakers said.
The decision to elect Sheikh Hasina as AL president was right and Bangladesh becomes a role model in the world through her visionary leadership, leaders of the party said.“Whatever the reason was for electing Sheikh Hasina as Awami League President, but it was correct. She later proved it through her visionary leadership,” AL presidium member Amir Hossain Amu said.
Amu, also former industries minister, made the view while addressing a discussion held on the occasion of Sheikh Hasina’s 39th homecoming day at Institution of Engineers in the capital on Friday.
The ruling party organised the discussion, marking Sheikh Hasina’s homecoming day with AL presidium member Matia Chowdhury in the chair.
On May 17 in 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home from India after nearly six years in exile following the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members by a group of disgruntled army officers on August 15, 1975.
Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Amu said Sheikh Hasina is the pioneer of freedom of the country’s people.
“Bangabandhu gave independence to Bangladesh and taste of freedom but his daughter Sheikh Hasina brought cultural, political and economic freedom for the country,” Amu said.Addressing the function, Matia Chowdhury said Sheikh Hasina has established the rights to food and vote.
“She (Sheikh Hasina) returned home to ensure trial of Bangabandhu’s killers and establish democracy in the country. She also uplifted Bangladesh to a level of utmost development,” Matia said.
Prof Syed Anwar Hossain said there are three levels of homecoming of
Sheikh Hasina. Her firm leadership saved AL from a deep crisis and rescued Bangladesh from the post-’75 devastating situation.
AL leaders Abdur Razzaque, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, Ahmad Hossain, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Hasan Mahmud, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Shamsunnahar Chapa and Mirza Azam, among others, also spoke on the occasion.