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8 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 8 March, 2018 01:47:16 AM
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Plunderers must not be in power: PM

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Plunderers must not be in power: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (inset) addresses a large crowd gathered at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital, marking historic March 7 Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and its recognition by UNESCO. The photo taken yesterday shows a section of the crowd. Focus Bangla Photo

Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged those who believe in the Liberation War to remain united so that “war criminals, killers, and embezzlers of orphans' money” can never come to power.

“I will urge you to remain united against those who work against humanity—war criminals, killers—so that they can never regain power in the country,” she said. The oblique reference to the Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami was unmistakable.

Hasina, who is also the Prime Minister, was speaking at a mammoth rally in the city’s Suhrawardy Udyan. The rally was held to observe the historic March 7 speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.

The Premier again called upon her party leaders and workers, as well as the common people, to remain alert about those who embezzle orphans’ money, siphon money from the country, and kill people so that they cannot come to power and take the country towards destruction.

Highlighting the different ongoing developmental activities of her government, Hasina said that the country moves towards development only when the AL comes to power. Her party has always been working for the betterment of the country and its people, she claimed.

Calling upon her party leaders and workers to go from door to door, the Premier said: “It is your duty to project the government’s developmental work to the people, and we will have to continue the pace of development.”

She also said the continuation of the current pace of development was crucial for Bangladesh’s graduation to a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.

Regarding militancy, Hasina said the people should remain united so that the government can uproot terrorism and drugs from the soil of Bangladesh. At the same time, she called upon the country’s youths not to be involved in these.

About the “misrule” of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, the AL president said they had turned the country into hell during their regime by unleashing a reign of terror. She also alleged that BNP-Jamaat men had carried out a “festival of killing” during their three-month-long anti-government movement in a bid to foil the 10th parliamentary election in 2014.

Hasina said the significance of March 7 will never fade from the lives of the people as it called for their economic emancipation alongside political freedom. “Bangabandhu gave us political freedom and was assassinated as he started his expedition for economic development. So, it’s our responsibility to fulfil his dream,” she added.

Deputy leader of the Jatiya Sangsad, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, the party’s advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, presidium members Matiya Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, Sahara Khatun, Faruk Khan, joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretary Khaled Mahmud Chowdhury, central committee member Mirza Azam, and Dhaka South mayor Sayeed Khokan, among others, addressed the meeting.

AL general secretary Obaidul Quader delivered the welcome address, while renowned poets Nirmalendu Goon and Russell Ashequi recited their poems ‘Swadhinata Sandhya-ti Kibhabe Amader Holo’ and ‘Ekti Bhason Ekti Desh’ respectively.

The publicity secretary of the party, Dr Hasan Mahmud, conducted the meeting. Thousands of AL activists from across the country poured into Dhaka on buses, microbuses, and other modes of transports to join the rally. The city faced massive traffic gridlocks throughout the day thanks to the AL rally.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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