PM vows to build hungerandpovertyfree ‘Sonar Bangla’

DHAKA, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated

her determination to build a hungerandpovertyfree Sonar Bangla as dreamt

by Bangabandhu as she opened the 70th founding anniversary programmes of

Bangladesh Awami League.

On this historic day, it's our pledge to build a hungerandpovertyfree

developed and prosperous 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said after inaugurating the

programmes in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the capital this


Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, said Bangladesh is marching forward

towards socioeconomic development and the Bangalee nation achieved dignity in

the entire world after Awami League came to power.

The nation lost this dignity after the assassination of Bangabandhu on

August 15 in 1975, she said.

The prime minister said the Awami League was founded to bring back the

lost independence of Bangla.

Today is the founding anniversary of that Awami League, she said,

adding, Whenever Awami League comes to power, it gives (something) to the

country and people, she said.

At the outset of her speech, the Awami League president narrated the

history of establishment of the country's oldest and biggest political party.

She also paid tributes to Bangabandhu and four national leaders as well as

numerous party leaders and workers who sacrificed their lives ungrudgingly

for establishing rights of the people.

Earlier, the prime minister formally inaugurated the 70th founding

anniversary programmes of Bangladesh Awami League by hoisting national flag

as well as releasing pigeons and balloons, while AL General Secretary Obaidul

Quader raised the party flag. The national anthem was sung on the occasion.

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath at the portrait of the Father of

the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban marking the 70th founding

anniversary of Bangladesh Awami League.

After laying the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for

sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the

architect of independence.

Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president

of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of

Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.

Awami League Advisory Council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and

Advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury,

Advocate Sahara Khatun, Dr Abdur Razzaque, Advocate Abdul Matin Khashru,

Advocate Abdul Mannan Khan and Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, General Secretary

Obaidul Quader, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Foreign Minister Dr AK

Abdul Momen, Industries Minister Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun, Science and

Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, Housing and Public Works

Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Railways Minister Advocate Nurul Islam Sujon were


Besides, Joint Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dr Dipu Moni, Jahangir

Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretaries BM Mozammel Haque, AFM

Bahauddin Nasim, Enamul Haque Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Ahmed Hossain

and Advocate Misbahuddin Siraj and other central leaders of the party and its

front organisations were present on the occasion.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam and South City Corporation

Mayor Sayeed Khokan as well as leaders of Dhaka North and South City AL were

also present.

Bangladesh Awami League was founded on this day in 1949, which was later

transformed into the biggest political party of the country by leading all

the democraticpoliticalsocialcultural movements including the long arduous

struggle for freedom and the War of Liberation.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)