Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a mammoth reception at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday. Photo: PMO

Habibullah Mizan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said changing the fate of people is her only goal now.
“Building a prosperous country, which was the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is my only aim,” said Sheikh Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League.
The prime minister said this while speaking at a mass reception accorded to her by Awami League at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan.
Her politics is aimed at bringing a substantial change in the lives of the exploited and deprived people of the country, she also said.
The prime minister said, “My politics is for the exploited and deprived people….I’ll feel myself successful when we’ll be able to build their fate.”
Bangladesh Awami League accorded her the reception for attaining Bangladesh’s eligibility to graduate from a least developed country (LDC) to a developing nation, successful launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-I, Sheikh Hasina’s achieving the Global Women’s Leadership Award from US-based NGO Global Summit of Women and her receiving D. Lit from Kazi Nazrul University of India.
Parliamentary Deputy Leader of and AL’s senior Presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury presided over the function when party’s General Secretary and Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader read out a citation or “obhinondon patra” congratulating the premier and party President on her achievements and handed it over to her.
Senior leaders of the party were present on the dais.
Earlier on her arrival at the venue at 3:30 pm, the premier was greeted by thousands of leaders and workers of Awami League and its associate bodies waving hands and miniature flags of their respective organisations.
The prime minister said those who had come to power in the past were busy making their own fortunes after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975. The voting right of people was also snatched after the 15th August 1975, she said.
“I had to pass a bumpy path upholding my ideology with the only goal that I must fulfil my father’s dream. I won’t regret if I lose my life in doing so,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said she had to pass days enduring odds and obstacles after 1975. “I fell victim to many conspiracies, but I never compromised with my own principles and ideology.”

The PM said her government is working to ensure food, accommodation and improved lifestyle for the country’s people, particularly the rural people, as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
“We no desire to gain anything…our only goal is to ensure food, clothes and improved lifestyle for people,” she added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina blasted perpetrators of “prevent boat” campaign ahead of the elections in the yearend, questioning whether they want to install anti-liberation forces and war criminals in power.
“There is a quarter in the country who doesn’t see any development and some are saying that the boat will have to be resisted. My question is — those who want to thwart the boat want to bring the Razakars and war criminals in power,” she added.