Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today accused anti-liberation forces of assassinating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, saying that the people of Bangladesh had lost "all potentials" after this brutal killing.
"Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman presented independence to us. But those who don't want this independence and also don't believe in it, and those who didn't extend support to independence from inside and outside the country, brutally killed him through conspiracies," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League (AL) president and elder daughter of Bangabandhu, said she and her younger sister survived the August 15 carnage as they were abroad.
"But the people of the country had lost all potential after this assassination," she said, adding Bangabandhu was killed at a time the nation was progressing fast towards socio-economic development under his dynamic leadership.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating a voluntary blood donation programme arranged by the Bangladesh Krishak League (BKL), AL's peasants' wing, in the city this morning. She opened and addressed the programme virtually.
BKL arranged the voluntary blood donation programme and discussion in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 as part of the monthlong programme of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate organisations, marking the 45th National Mourning Day -- the death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The premier asked the BKL leaders and workers to continue working to implement Bangabandhu's ideology by building a hungerandpoverty-free, prosperous and developed Bangladesh.
She said Bangabandhu sacrificed his life to ensure the welfare of the Bangalees and building a hungerandpoverty-free Shonar Bangla.
"The dream of the Father of the Nation will be materialised if we can establish Bangladesh as a hunger-and-poverty-free, developed and prosperous country," the PM said.
She said the aim of her government is to present a beautiful life to the people by ensuring their basic needs.
"We're continuing our endeavours so that the people get food, education, healthcare services as well as a place to live," she said.
The prime minister said massive programmes were taken to celebrate 'Mujib Borsho', the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.
"But unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic hit worldwide, and the economy of the entire globe has stagnated due to the deadly virus," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the month of mourning begins with the voluntary blood donation programme by the BKL and thanked the organisation for arranging the programme in memory of the Father of the Nation to save the life of the critical patients.
The prime minister also thanked the leaders and workers of AL and its associate bodies, including BKL, Chhatra League, Jubo League, Secchasevak League to help the farmers harvest paddy and distribute relief materials among the people, and for burial of those who died from coronavirus.