'If you (Chhatra League members) build yourselves as leaders with an ideology, you will establish yourselves in politics. If you indulge in greed, you will be lost'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked leaders and activists Bangladesh Chhatra League, to practice politics while upholding the ideology of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"You will have to practice politics with the ideology of the Father of the Nation, because Chhatra League is an organisation which was established in his hands," she said while addressing a discussion at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka, reports UNB.
Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, arranged the event to mark National Mourning Day.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League and Bangabandhu’s eldest daughter, asked Chhatra League to work for the well being of the people.
“Chhatra League has made sacrifices in every achievement of Bangladesh,” the prime minister added.
Describing education as the biggest asset that a person may have, she directed every leader and activist of Chhatra League to first acquire knowledge, and then go into politics.
She also said it was not enough to just speak of ideology, stressing the need for implementation of Bangabandhu’s vision. “It was only possible for Awami League to establish Bangladesh as a role model for development because we followed the ideology of the Father of the Nation.”
“If you (Chhatra League members) build yourselves as leaders with an ideology, you will establish yourselves in politics. If you indulge in greed, you will be lost,” she added.
The prime minister also asked Chhatra League leaders to work for the implementation of the goals her government had set, to establish Bangladesh as a developed, prosperous and peaceful country.
Sheikh Hasina further said that those who spread falsehoods about Bangabandhu immediately after the Liberation War were still continuing their conspiracy.
“When children took to the streets following the death of two students in a road accident, a vested quarter tried to make political gains by using the anger of the children,” she said.
The prime minister added that members of this vested quarter were intelligent and influential, which made taking action against them difficult.
"Whenever we took actions against them, there was lamentation and pressure from the international community," she said.
Mentioning that there had been evil attempt to remove the name of Father of the Nation from history after the Liberation War of 1971, Sheikh Hasina said: “No one can erase or hide the truth, now that Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech has been internationally recognized.”
Speaking of her mother Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib's contribution to the country's liberation, the prime minister said she used to convey Bangabandhu’s instructions to the leaders and activists of Awami League and Chhatra League while the Father of the Nation was in jail.
"I found my mother firm in taking decisions," the prime minister said, adding that when there was division between political leaders on the Six-point Program, it was Fazilatunnesa who had united them.
The Awami League president further said that her mother used to lead a very simple life, despite being the wife of the president and helping him with critical decisions.
Chhatra League President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon presided over the discussion, which was conducted by General Secretary Golam Rabbani.