POST TIME: 15 August, 2019 01:56:23 AM
PM for building non-communal, poverty-free Bangladesh
BSS, Dhaka

PM for building non-communal, poverty-free Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the countrymen to turn the grief of the loss of Bangabandhu into strength and engage themselves in building a non-communal, hunger-poverty free and prosperous Bangladesh by upholding Bangabandhu’s philosophy.

Besides, the premier will also visit Tungipara in Gopalganj today to pay rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and join other programmes there on the occasion of the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation and the National Mourning Day.

Sheikh Hasina is also set to visit to capital’s Banani graveyard and spread flower petals on the graves of the martyrs of the August 15 carnage as well as offer Fateha and join a munajat there. “This should be our solemn pledge on this National Mourning Day,” the premier said in a message on the eve of the National Mourning day.

“The killers were able to assassinate Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman but they could not kill his dreams and ideals,” she said. She said the 15th August is the National Mourning Day of Bangladesh as on this day in 1975, the greatest Bangalee of all time along with most of his family members, was assassinated brutally.

Eighteen members of Bangabandhu’s family including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons-Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, among others, were also killed on that fateful night.

She said the killers gunned down as well Bangabandhu’s Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil as he tried to rescue the father of the Nation.

Sheikh Hasina recalled that several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were also killed by artillery shells fired by the killers as they launched the attack on Bangabandhu’s house.

“On this day, I pray to the Almighty Allah for the salvation of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation and all other martyrs of August 15,” said the Prime Minister.

Under the dynamic, courageous and charismatic leadership of Bangabandhu, the Bengali nation snatched the shining sun of Independence breaking away the chain of subordination.

“The Bengalis got an independent sovereign country, its own flag and national anthem (under his leadership),” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the anti-liberation clique killed Bangabandhu at a time when he was spearheading a massive reconstruction campaign to build a Golden Bangla.

Through the killing of Bangabandhu, the defeated forces of the Liberation War made abortive attempts to distort the tradition, culture and advancement of the Bangalee Nation.

The premier said the aim of the killers was to break the state structure of secular democratic Bangladesh and foil the hard-earned independence.

“The anti-liberation forces involved in the carnage initiated the politics of killing, coup and conspiracy right after August 15, 1975. They also blocked the way of the trial of Bangabandhu murder by promulgating indemnity ordinance,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Ziaur Rahman illegally took over the state power and promulgated Martial Law desecrating the democracy and suspending the Constitution.

Zia rewarded the Bangabandhu killers with diplomatic assignments abroad alongside giving the anti-liberation-war criminals nationality, made them partners in the state power and rehabilitated them politically and socially.

The subsequent governments of BNP-Jamaat alliance had followed the same path, she said.

Winning the general elections on June 12, 1996, Bangladesh Awami League assumed state power after 21 years to open a new horizon of socio-economic development.

“This period (1996-2001) was a ‘golden era’ for the people of Bangladesh,” she said.

The premier recalled that the government had initiated the trial of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman killing case during this period but after coming to power in 2001, BNP-Jamaat alliance government halted the trial process.

The people of the country made Awami League victorious again in the Ninth Parliamentary elections on December 29, 2008.

She said Awami League’s election to power exposed the party to newer challenges of restarting the development cycles, cleaning the thorns set by the previous regime to block the progress and facing the global economic recession.

But, she said, by now, Awami League has put the country on firm economic footing.

Sheikh Hasina said rejecting BNP-Jamaat’s conspiracy to foil the general elections on January 5, 2014, people upheld the constitutional continuation by casting their votes.