Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today described her party as the country’s “biggest and strongest” political organisation and called upon its leaders and workers to come forward with principle and ideology of Bangabandhu.
“Principle and ideology are the biggest words for any political leader. So, he or she will have to remain prepared for making any sacrifice for maintaining principle and ideology,” she said while addressing the party’s 21st council at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka this afternoon.
She said efforts have been hatched to destroy the party but unsuccessfully, rather AL is moving towards the path of development and prosperity like Bangabandhu dreamt, she said.
Recalling the memories of the fateful day in 1975, Sheikh Hasina said the spirit of the Liberation War was destroyed after assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Additionally, the anti-liberation force was brought in the country’s state power and they were even made ministers and the path of trying the perpetrators was stopped, she said.
“I was made president of Awami League in 1981 and since then I have been trying to reorganise the party. I rebuild the organisation smoothly defying all adverse situation and now it has emerged as the country’s biggest and strongest organisation,” she said while recalling her memories.
Claiming that Bangladesh is moving ahead and it will continue, Sheikh Hasina said that no one will be allowed to play ducks and drakes with the people of the country.
“In this council, it’s our pledge to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu, Insha Allah,” the prime minister said.
Earlier in the day, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the two-day triennial council of the party by hoisting the national flag and releasing balloons and pigeons at the venue, the site of Bangabandhu’s landmark 7th March address and surrender of Pakistani troops in 1971.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and the presidents of AL’s 78 organisational districts raised the party flag and the national anthem was sung on the occasion.