Don’t let anti-liberation forces, killers come to power: PM

Publish: 9:36 PM, March 18, 2019 | Update: 9:36:PM, March 18, 2019

DHAKA,   – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the countrymen to stay alert so the anti-liberation forces, killers, terrorists and militants never come to power.

“On the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, it’s my only call to the countrymen to remain careful so that the anti-liberation forces, killers, militants, the August 21 grenade attackers, arms smugglers and those who embezzled orphans’ money cannot return to power and play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League (AL) president, was presiding over a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here this afternoon.

The prime minister also 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’s our commitment on this day that we will establish a hunger-and-poverty-free Sonar Bangla Insha Allah,” she added.

Bangladesh Awami League organized the discussion on the occasion of the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day.

AL Advisory Council Members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, Presidium Member Begum Matia Chowdhury, eminent educationist Professor Syed Anwar Hossain, AL Acting General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Organizing Secretary Ahmed Hossain, former minister Advocate Quamrul Islam also addressed the discussion.

Besides, AL Women Affairs Secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira, Relief and Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Central Working Committee Member Advocate Azmatullah Khan, Dhaka North City AL General Secretary Sadek Khan, MP, Dhaka South City AL General Secretary Shahe Alam Murad spoke.

AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Aminul Islam Amin conducted the function.

The prime minister also called upon the people of all strata including the party leaders and workers to take preparation for celebrating the Mujib Barsho.

“We’ve declared Mujib Barsho from March 17, 2020 to March 17, 2021 and formed a (national) committee to celebrate the year. I want preparation to be taken from union to every area … this preparation will have to be taken from this year’s birthday of Bangabandhu,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the elder daughter of Bangabandhu, said: “The Father of the Nation gave us independence and the ‘address of our self-identity’.”

“Now we’ve to uphold that independence by building a hunger-and-poverty-free developed and prosperous Bangladesh and we have firm belief that we could do it Insha Allah,” she said.

The prime minister said Bangabandhu had thought about welfare of the common people from his school life and he worked accordingly.

“Bangabandhu’s desire to do good for the people and show them love and affection was expressed in his childhood and he had profound love for his parents,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu did whatever he wanted to do and his parents extended support to him by giving money and property.

“The name and fame of the tiny boy spread across the world as he had freed a nation from confinement and wanted it to be freed from exploitation and deprivation,” she said.

She said Bangabandhu had a dream of how he will build Bangladesh and present a beautiful life to those who were tortured and repressed frequently and who starved to death after suffering from hunger.

The prime minister said the Father of the Nation provided courage and mental strength to those people to take preparation for the liberation war.

“Bangabandhu gave language to the nation that could not speak due to immense torture and repression and he freed it from exploitation and deprivation,” she said.