Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bid to dupe won't be tolerated

Bid to dupe won't be tolerated

PM resolves as she receives rousing reception for decade of dev successes

News Report Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina resolved Saturday to serve the people as long as she lives, facing all odds the way she did in the past. In a veiled concluding remark at a mass reception in the city, she said any bid to play ducks and drakes with Bangladesh's destiny to set it back wouldn't be tolerated. Sheikh Hasina, who, along with her younger sister, has endured one of history's worst tragedies of losing father, mother, brothers and other relations in the August 15, 1975 coup, said she has overcome fear factor in working for the public good. She is not ready to die before death as she will have to work for the country and its people to fulfill Bangabandhu's dream of building a hunger- and poverty-free Golden Bengal. "Death will come in its own way and time, but I'm not ready to embrace death before it comes," she told the mammoth gathering at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan. Her party, Awami League, arranged the reception for some remarkable developments and achievements in different fields of the country under her leadership. Bangladesh's attaining eligibility for graduating from a least-developed country (LDC) to a developing nation, the successful launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-I, Sheikh Hasina's receiving the Global Women's Leadership Award from US-based NGO Global Summit of Women and D. Lit from Kazi Nazrul University of India are among the cardinal ones. The prime minister drew a comparative picture of the good deeds her government has done in its different tenures and the bad ones committed during the reign of her political archrival, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, in her past terms. She said BNP had come to power in 2001 by giving undertaking (to those who meddle in Bangladesh affairs) about gas sale. "But neither could they give gas nor do development." Rather they made Bangladesh "champion in corruption five/six times", she told the crowd. However, the Awami League president conspicuously avoided saying anything about the upcoming next general election. Analysts in different forums had anticipated that she could speak something about the polls as the BNP stands off on the question of conduct of the lection, as they did during the last election. Focusing on her development vision, Sheikh Hasina unfolded some grand goals: celebration of Bangabandhu's birth centenary in 2020, golden jubilee of independence in 2021 as a developing nation and elevating Bangladesh to a developed nation by 2041. In this context, she recalled Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's saying: 'Bangladesh will be the Switzerland of the East'. Sheikh Hasina said she would go on serving the people of the country and working for changing their fate until her last breath. "My father's soul will get peace… I know from the heaven he will see the people of his country now in good shape…positive changes have come to their lives…. I just want that." The prime minister said she does not want anything in her life except for seeing the country built as a hunger- and poverty-free Golden Bengal which was the dream of the Father of the Nation. "My only aim is to fulfill my father's dream," she said. She also turned to a grave social and moral problem being posed by a menacing spread of narcotics and vowed that the ongoing drive against illicit drugs will continue until the battle is won. The entire venue was tastefully decorated with a huge L-shaped podium. A big gate was erected at the entry point in front of Matsya Bhaban while 40 other colorful arches were erected from the city's Matsya Bhaban to Shishu Park area. City streets from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's official residence Ganobhaban to Suhrawardy Udyan were also adorned with banners and festoons. A cultural function was arranged with the participation of country's noted singers at noon before the function got off to a formal start at 3pm, with Awami League Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair. A 30-minute presentation was made on the history and heritage of the Bangalee nation. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader read out the citations at the programme and handed it over to the Prime Minister. (Inputs taken from agencies, live media coverage) --

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