Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that her ruling Awami League party would continue to lead Bangladesh for development as the country’s oldest political led its journey towards democracy.
Hasina, the president of the party and leader of the House, also sought cooperation from the people to make her endeavours a success as she says certain quarters were out to fish in troubled water.
“We will have to move forward to build Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu by foiling the plots,” the prime minister said during an unscheduled discussion initiated by Industries Minister Tofail Ahmed to mark the 67th anniversary of the Awami League party.
Hasina said Bangladesh Awami League, the oldest political party of the country, established democracy and led the nation towards gradual socio-economic development.
The party founded on June 23, 1949 as Awami League Muslim League (Later was made Awami League) in the then East Pakistan with Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, Shamsul Huq Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as top leaders.
Mujibur as head of the party led Bangladesh into its liberation war in 1971 against Pakistan and came victorious in nine months.
Whatever Bangladesh achieved so far that came under the leadership of Awami League, said Hasina calling people to support her to thwart the threat of terrorism and militancy, a menace that hinders development across the globe.
“We are taking action against terrorism and militancy so that peaceful atmosphere prevails in the country … we seek cooperation of the countrymen to this end,” she said.
Awami League always stayed by the people, worked for their welfare and struggled for realising their rights, added Hasina listing various development schemes that the AL had taken during its regimes.
She was critical about the military dictators who had taken over after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina’s father, in 1975 saying they did not take any steps for the welfare of the people.
“The people forgot that getting service from the government is a legitimate right during the military rulers,” she said.
The military dictators tried to eliminate Awami League by unleashing inhuman torture and repression on its leaders and workers, she said.
“The party had to advance despite the fact that its leaders faced attacks by the military rulers. Awami League led the nation to realize the rights of the people,” she said.