Bangladesh lost all potentials after Bangabandhu’s killing: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh
had lost all potentials and the ideology of the liberation war had been
foiled after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman.

“Through the August 15 barbaric killing, the ideology of the great
liberation war had been foiled and we had lost everything, while Bangladesh
had lost all possibilities,” she said.

The prime minister said this while inaugurating the blood donation
programme and tree plantation drive of Bangladesh Krishak League at Dhanmondi
in the capital through a teleconference from London on Thursday afternoon.

Sheikh Hasina said the 15th August is a black day for the Bangalee nation.
“Personally I and Sheikh Rehana lost everything- father, mother and brothers
… the 15th August brought a disaster in our personal life, while it also
brought a disaster for Bangladesh,” she said.

The prime minister asked the party leaders and workers to serve the
distressed humanity and said it is a responsibility of every person to serve
them. “A great sacrifice is needed for a great achievement,” she said quoting
Bangabandhu.

Sheikh Hasina also directed them to take proper steps to check mosquito
breeding and protect themselves from the menace.

“I’ve already given various instructions to get rid of the impact of
dengue. So I urge everybody to take proper measures by obeying my directives
so that breeding of mosquito cannot take place,” she said.

The premier continued: “You’ll have to protect yourselves, your family and
houses from the mosquitoes.”

Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu had liberated the country for ensuring
political, economical, social and cultural freedom of the Bangalee nation.

“Bangabandhu had wanted the people to be freed from poverty and they to
get better life, live beautifully and move keeping their head high,” she
said.

The prime minister said she is continuing serving the countrymen by
containing the ideology of Bangabandhu and sacrificing all things.

“I seek doa from the people to continue my endeavours to build a hunger-
and-poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said millions of people had sacrificed their lives for
Bangladesh’s independence and their blood cannot go in vain.

“We will celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu in 2020 and the
golden jubilee of independence in 2021 by establishing a hunger-and poverty-
free Sonar Bangla … we brought down poverty significantly and we’ll cut it
further,” she asserted.

The prime minister said Bangladesh Awami League formed government in 1996
after a long 21 years. “Since assumption of office, we have been trying to
materialise the goal, thinking and spirit of the Father of the Nation and
changing the lot of the people,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina added: “The people will judge whatever we could do and
whatever we could not.”

The prime minister said Bangabandhu shed blood for the country and people
and his debt will be repaid by changing fate of the people.

Thanking Bangladesh Krishak League for undertaking blood donation
programme and tree plantation campaign, Sheikh Hasina urged the leaders and
workers of the organisation to arrange blood donation programme massively so
that the critical patients get blood easily.

Recalling Bangabandhu’s love for nature and country as well as his strides
to protect environment, the prime minister said the Father of the Nation had
a passion for tree plantation.

“Massive tree plantation is needed to save Bangladesh from the impact of
climate change and natural disasters,” she said.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina urged everybody to plant at least three
trees — one wood, one fruit and one herbal tree.