The two-day national council of Awami League began on Friday
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her determination to build a hunger and poverty-free, developed and prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Today we’re marching towards economic emancipation (under Awami League leadership). Inshallah, we’ll definitely build Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty-free, developed and prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the Father of Nation. It’s our promise. It’s our goal,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, the president of the ruling Awami League, said this while addressing the inaugural session of the 21st triennial national council of the party at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan last afternoon, reports UNB.
Noting that Awami League has been doing politics with the goal of securing a dignified position for the nation in the world arena, the prime minister asked her party’s leaders and activists to work upholding the thought and spirit.
The prime minister said Awami League is the only party in Bangladesh which established the rights of the mother tongue and independence for the people.
‘Now AL largest, strongest party in Bangladesh’
Sheikh Hasina said she revitalised Awami League over the years to make it the largest and strongest political party in the country.
“We suffered splits among us on one or two occasions even after that (her return to Bangladesh in 1981), I rejuvenated the party after the rifts. I roamed throughout the country and revitalised it gradually. So, today Bangladesh Awami League is the biggest and strongest organisation in Bangladesh,” she said.
Hasina said there were many efforts to annihilate Awami League since Pakistan period. The attacks came during the regimes of Yahya Khan, Ayub Khan, Ziaur Rahman, HM Ershad and Khaleda Zia, she said.
But, Awami League could not be obliterated as the ideology-based organization was built at the hands of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “Though it was damaged for a time, it could not be destroyed completely,” she added.
Hasina said that her party has been leading the struggles for establishing the rights of the people since its inception. All achievements of the people of Bangladesh came through the hands of AL, she added.
She said the people of the country are benefitted whenever AL comes in power. Bangladesh made a turnaround and has graduated as a developing country within a decade after AL came to power in 2009, she said.
The prime minister highlighted successes of the government, including exchange of enclaves, securing a vast sea area, slashing poverty to 20.5%, increasing GDP growth to 8.15%, bringing 95% of the country under electricity coverage, making Bangladesh self-sufficient in food, and improving child and maternal health.
She said the councils of the AL grassroots units, which could not be arranged before the national council, would be held soon.
Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the council of the country’s oldest political party at 3:05pm with playing the national anthem, hoisting the national flag and the party flag, and releasing pigeons and balloons.
She hoisted the national flag while General Secretary Obaidul Quader raised the party flag. Quader placed the report of the general secretary while organising secretaries placed reports of eight divisions after adopting obituary references read out by AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap.
The party’s Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam jointly conducted the inaugural session.
Some 15,000 councillors and delegates took part in the council. Leaders of other political parties and representatives of various professions, diplomats of different countries including the USA, the UK, India, China, South Korea, the European Union, Germany, Iraq, Palestine, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam also joined the inaugural session.
The party president adjourned the council till 10:30am on Saturday as the council session will be held at the Institute of Engineers to elect the next committee of the ruling party for a three-year term. Some 7,500 councillors from across the country will attend the council session.