Describing the country’s present political situation as a “transitional and tough time,” President Abdul Hamid on Saturday said he would like to play his due role with dignity during this period.
“The general election is near. Pray for me so that I can perform my duties and responsibilities bestowed upon me properly with dignity,” he said at a reception programme at Kishoreganj (old) stadium, reports BSS.
Observing that he was elected president of the country at a tough time, Hamid said: “Various political incidents are shaking us incessantly.”
Hamid, a seven-time lawmaker from Kishoreganj 4 constituency, was honoured by the Mass Reception Celebration Committee. The president reached the district at noon on a two-day visit; the first time since he wa sworn in as the country’s 20th president.
Expressing gratitude for organising the reception, President Hamid said: “I will be with you and work for the country as long as I live. Personally, I have no desire to get anything, as your love and affection is the best gift for me.
“I have no hesitation to tell you that I have never consciously committed any injustice. Maybe I could not bring benefit for someone, but I never thought of harming anyone. I was always concerned about the people of my area and tried to work for them. You are my last resort,” he said.
On the demands for building a university and improvement of communication between the district and Dhaka, the president said he would make it his highest endeavour to fulfil the demands.
“I am the president of Bangladesh, not of the government. I do not know how much I will be able to do in the transitional period of the country,” he said adding, “If almighty Allah gives me a chance I will try to turn the Gurudoyal College into a public university.”
He also urged the well-off section of the district to extend their hands for the common people and especially those who were neglected and deprived in the society.
Born in Kamalpur of Mithamoin upazila, a haor area, Hamid said: “I and the people of the haor area are connected with the umbilical cord. The Kishoreganj district, surrounded by haors and rivers, is geographically backward. So we all have to keep pace with the nature. Everyone has to contribute from their respective positions.”
Presided over by Convener of the reception committee Mazharul Islam Bhuiyan, the function was also addressed by lawmakers Atiqur Rahman Atiq, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Afzal Hossain and Rezwan Ahmed Toufiq, and local Awami League leaders.