Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she will live at her village in Tungipara after retiring from politics.
“When I retire [from politics], I will go to my village and stay there -- it's my decision… I will stay in Tungipara, my ancestral village,” she said in her speech after attending a cultural event at Bangladesh Ansar and VDP Academy in Gazipur.
The event was held on the occasion of 39th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party.
During the event, Hasina seeing two children perform a dance on a boat at the Ansar-VDP lake recalled her childhood.
“My grandfather had a large 'pansi' boat with two rooms and windows… I used to board it and touch the water sitting near the windows,” she reminisced.
Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said, “Along with others, especially my brother [Sheikh] Kamal, I used to climb on the roof of the boat and play… whenever I see boats, I remember my childhood days.”
During her speech, the PM pointed out her government's initiatives to turn every village into township. She also sought cooperation of all to build a more developed and prosperous country.
“We have eliminated hunger and cut down poverty rate significantly. The poverty rate will have to be reduced further…,” she said.
Hasina said she has firm belief that the Ansar and VDP members could change every village.
“Bangladesh is a beautiful country and all will have to work to build our motherland in such a way so that we could move forward keeping our heads high, and not beg from others… We will establish ourselves through our own resources,” she said.
Ministers, deputy speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were also present at the event.