DHAKA:Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said here yesterday that the government has emphasized on participation of students in sports and cultural…
Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government had already taken initiatives to get back the looted public money to be used for the welfare of people.
“Whenever Awami League is voted to power, it works for people’s welfare and development. But others loot public money. We will not let anybody loot people’s money anymore,” she said while addressing a discussion organised by Awami League as part of its daylong programme marking the party’s 62nd founding anniversary.
The programme was held in front of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city.
Bitterly criticising the activities of the previous BNP-Jamaat alliance government, Sheikh Hasina alleged that Bangladesh was turned into a country of militants and a route of illegal arms smuggling during its misrule between 2001 and 2006.
Thousands of crores of taka from public coffer were plundered and siphoned off abroad during the regime of BNP-Jamaat alliance government, she alleged.
Sheikh Hasina said: “We are always with the people and will remain with them forever. I am ready to make any kind of sacrifice to uphold people’s rights”
Earlier, on her arrival at the venue, Sheikh Hasina hoisted the national flag and party General Secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam the party flag to inaugurate formally the day’s programme.
Udichi Shilpi Gosthi rendered the National Anthem. Later, Sheikh Hasina released 62 white pigeons and balloons to inaugurate the day’s programme.
Apart from the central leaders of Awami League, Workers Party President and lawmaker Rashed Khan Menon, JSD President Hasanul Huq Inu and Jatiya Party (Ershad) Presidium Member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu were present at the programme.
At the outset of her speech, the Awami League chief recalled the contributions and sacrifices of national leaders involved in the party since it’s journey in 1949, including Awami Muslim League’s first president Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, general secretary Shamsul Huq, All Pakistan Awami League president Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders.
The Awami League chief, who presided over the discussion meeting, said that there were some 19 coups soon after Ziaur Rahman usurped state power who killed members of the armed forces without any trial and he legalised his illegal power by bringing the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution and the power game has continued since then.
“People heaved a sigh of relief when we came to power in 1996,” Sheikh Hasina said.