President praises Sheikh Hasina’s role in public welfare

DHAKA, President M Abdul Hamid today felicitated

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her 39th

Homecoming Day and praised her contribution to country's democracy,

development and public welfare through epoch-making programmes.

The country is moving towards tremendous development due to pro-people

welfare activities and the far-sighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina, the President told in a message on the eve of the day, when she

(Hasina) returned to her motherland Bangladesh 38 years back, on May 17,

1981, after six years in exile.

President Hamid said it was a milestone to resume the journey of democracy

in Bangladesh which smoothed the path to establish spirit of Liberation War,

values of Independence and democracy.

The President said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

and most of his family members were assassinated by anti liberation forces on

the fateful night of August 15, 1975.

During that period, Bangabandhu's two daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh

Rehana who were visiting West Germany, escaped but could not return to the

country, he mentioned.

Abdul Hamid said they had to spend life in a very adverse situation in

exile in London and Delhi for 6 years keeping the grief of losing parents,

brothers and other relatives in heart.

The President said Sheikh Hasina was elected president of Bangladesh Awami

League unanimously in her absence at the national council of the party on

February 14-16 in 1981.

It was a far-sighted decision of the then Bangladesh Awami League

leaders, Abdul Hamid, a veteran politician and parliamentarian, observed.

Recalling her homecoming day on May 17, 1981, President Hamid said

thousands of people thronged to the then Dhaka International Airport to

welcome Sheikh Hasina amid inclement weather.

He said Sheikh Hasina, after coming to her motherland, initiated movement

to restore democracy in the country and in the process victory of democracy

was achieved and autocracy overthrown through mass-movement of 90's.

The President said Bangladesh Awami League achieved landslide victory in

the general election on June 12, 1996 and formed the government under the

leadership of Sheikh Hasina.

He said during that tenure, Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord was signed

to stop the long conflicts between ethnic groups and Bangalees and Ganges

Water Sharing Treaty was signed with neighboring India.

Under her (Sheikh Hasina) leadership, 14-party alliance came to power on

December 29, 2008 general election and took different initiatives for the

welfare of people, he added.

He said verdict of the trial of Bangabandhu assassination case was

executed while the country got worldwide appreciations for various reasons

including establishing democracy and human rights, development in

agriculture, health, women empowerment, electricity, information technology,

rural infrastructure and overseas employment.

The President said Awami League led alliance came to power again on

January 4, 2014 national election and completed execution of the war

criminals trial, established legitimate rights in maritime boundary with

Myanmar and settlement of longstanding enclave problems with India for the

sake of the country and its people.

He said the alliance under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina created history

by coming to power on December 30, 2018 national election for the third

consecutive term.

Abdul Hamid highly appreciated the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project. He

described the launching of country's first satellite Bangabandhu-I in the

space as milestone progress of the present government.

He said Sheikh Hasina has taken 'Vision 2021' and 'Vision 2041' programmes

to turn the country into a happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla.

The President said the programmes undertaken by Sheikh Hasina for

development of the country and establishing democracy will remain everlasting

in the history of Bangladesh.

President Abdul Hamid wished her and her family members long life,

prosperity and continuous success of her government.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)