Stay alert against anti-independence evil souls: PM
Thursday 10 August, 2017 10:24:45 pm
Dhaka, Aug 10 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged people to remain alert against those who opposed the country's independence, saying their evil souls are still in Bangladesh and want to strike whenever they get a chance.
"Those who opposed the independence and those who didn't want the War of Liberation had been engaged in genocide, rape, looting and arson attacks. Their evil souls are still in Bangladesh and want to strike whenever they get a chance. The Bangalee nation will have to remain alert against them," she said.
The Awami League chief was delivering her introductory remarks at a joint meeting of the AL Presidium and Secretaries of the Central Committee at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said she never thought of changing her own fate and amassing wealth while being in power; rather she always wants to ensure people’s overall welfare.
The Prime Minister said the common people alongside farmers and workers have now regained relief and peace, and their dreams of having a better life is being materialised as Awami League is steering the country forward.
But, she apprehended that the country will again plunge into an abyss of terrorism, militancy, looting, nepotism, corruption, commission trade, money-laundering, and upsurge of ‘Hawa’ and ‘Khowab Bhaban’ if others like BNP-Jamaat clique grabs power as they did in 2001.
Directing the AL leadership to further strengthen the party, Hasina asked them to take a firm vow to materialise the dreams and expectations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Hasina asked the AL leaders and workers to project before people that peace and comfort will disappear from the country if BNP comes to power again.
She also directed the top AL leadership to gain the trust and confidence of the common people, saying those party men who move ahead with the ideals of Father of the Nation will always have to think to what extent they could deliver services and ensure welfare to the people of Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister alleged that after the killing of Bangabandhu in 1975, evil attempts had been there to erase the name of Bangabandhu through distorting the history. "But, no one could erase the history as truth will surely be unearthed one day," Hasina said alleging that confusion was also created about the proclamation of country's independence.
Noting that nothing was gained with the efforts of a single person, she said behind everything, there remain initiative, inspiration, organisational capacity and strength for motivating people. “Father of the Nation had such strength," she added.
The Prime Minister said there were certainly united efforts, but there was leadership and Father of the Nation had played that leadership role during the country's 23-year struggle for independence and during the War of Liberation. "No one will be able to deny that and it’s the real history."
She also renewed her vow to turn Bangladesh into a hunger -and poverty-free mid-income country by 2021 and a prosperous developed one by 2041.
AL Presidium Members and Secretaries of the Central Committee attended the meeting.