Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government will continue its drives against corruption, terrorism, militancy and drugs to eliminate these social menaces from the country as those are the results of years of Zia, Ershad and Khaleda’s misrule.
The prime minister said this while addressing a reception organised by the Bangladesh Embassy in Madrid, Spain on Sunday.
She said decades of misrule by Ziaur Rahman, HM Ershad and Khaleda Zia after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman created severe problems in the society. “There is moral degradation among people… We have to cure the sickness of [our] society,” she said.
The prime minister said dishonest people have earned money through unfair means like bribe, corruption and terrorism.
“With their black money, they think of themselves as superior beings… Such mentality must be eliminated from society,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, chief of the ruling Awami League, expressed her firm determination to advance the country, saying that Bangladesh will never look back in its development journey.
She said Bangladesh has got recognition as a developing nation due to the various initiatives taken by the present government.
She also appreciated expatriate Bangladeshis for their contribution to the country’s progress.
The prime minister said her government is advancing the country in a planned manner to ensure a good life for future generations.
The PM said her predecessors had patronised the war criminals and the killers of Bangabandhu, and put them in power to erase the real history of the country. Instead of punishing war criminals and killers of Bangabandhu, she said, they rewarded them, which led the country towards anarchy.
Hasina said there was a move to erase the real history of the country through killing the Father of the Nation.
“They didn’t even allow anyone to play the historic March 7 speech. History can’t be erased… Unesco has recognised this speech,” said the PM.
Following the footprints of Bangabandhu, Hasina said, she has dedicated her life towards ensuring better lives for Bangladeshi people. “I’m a full-time worker for the people of this country,” she said.
Briefly describing various development activities of the government since 2009, the prime minister said 94 percent population of the country are now under electricity coverage while GDP growth stands at 8.13 percent.
Bangladeshi Ambassador to Spain and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Tourism Organisation Hassan Mahmood Khandker also spoke at the programme. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister M Shahab Uddin were also present.
Leaders of Spain unit of Awami League, All-European Awami League and Awami League leaders from various European countries were present.