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PM calls for vigilance against war criminals returning to power

  • Published at 06:34 pm May 17th, 2019
Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina AFP

She thanked grassroots party activists in keeping the organization alive defying all sorts of conspiracies

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called upon all to be vigilant so that war criminals cannot return to power.

"We all have to remain alert so that anti-liberation and war criminals cannot come to power again to play with the fate of people," she said.

The Prime Minister stated this when leaders of Awami League and its associated bodies went to her official residence Ganobhaban to greet her marking her Homecoming Day.

On this day, in 1981, the newly elected Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returned home from her self-exile after the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members.

Hasina said Awami League had always engaged in struggle to establish democracy in the country. "Because, we believe without democracy it's not possible for a country to advance socioeconomically," she said.

Hasina thanked the grassroots Awami League leaders and activists to keep the organization alive defying all sorts of conspiracies and hurdles to destroy it.

Mentioning that Awami League is currently the number one political party in the country, the Prime Minister said it is very much important for a political leader to gain the trust and confidence of people and Awami League has done that. People have cast their votes for it in the last parliamentary election.

"The reason behind this success is that the party worked for the welfare of people, for the development of the country...people realized it properly and that the most important thing for a political party, "The efforts of Awami League as a party is to take the country forward,” Hasina said.

The Awami League chief, said it is very much normal for a political party which is in power to lose its popularity. "But, Awami League has gained the confidence and trust of people while in power."

In the last 10 years, the government has taken the country forward socioeconomically, reduced the poverty rate and strengthened the national economy, said Sheikh Hasina.

 "Now Bangladesh stands at a dignified position on the global stage," said the Prime Minister.

Hasina said she and her family members have not done anything during her party president ship that may tarnish the country's image. “We never worked for our personal gains, we always worked for the welfare of the country, and have done everything for improving people's fate," she added.

Mentioning her 38-year long tenure as the party president, Hasina said, "This is too much. Now time has come for you, too. I'm getting old as well," she said.

Recalling her Homecoming Day, Hasina said thousands of people had gathered at the airport defying inclement weather on that day.

"I might not have found my known faces on that day, but I was overwhelmed by the love and affection of thousands of people there," she said.