Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday said the politics of Awami League is for common people as its (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is doing politics for poor, distressed and hard-working people.
“Smiles have been appeared on the faces of poor and hard-working people for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina . . . She is doing politics for mass people,” he said, addressing a discussion held at AL Office in city's Bangabandhu Avenue.
Bangladesh Awami League Hawkers League organised the discussion, marking the 74th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasan said the Premier has taken a number of initiatives for striven people, hawkers, labours and farmers after taking charges. “We think that the hard-working people are the lifeline of Awami League. The commoners keep Awami League alive ... the party has turned into the biggest party of the country,” he added. The party (AL) now has turned into a party of mass people, said Hasan, also AL joint general secretary. The minister said people who do politics sitting in drawing rooms are not lifeline of AL.
The activists of root-level are the lifeline of the party since the Prime Minister is doing politics for mass people, including hawkers, labours and farmers, he added.
He said, “I would like to see a new committee of Awami League Hawkers' League through a conference and then, they will form sub-committees all over the country.”
Joint conveners of the conference preparation committee Md Anowar Hossain and Taslim Ahmed, and former general secretary Md Jahed Ali, among others, addressed the discussion with AL Hawkers League founding president and convener of the conference preparation committee SH Zakaria Hanif in the chair.
The minister said it is not appropriate to evict the hawkers without taking alternative measures. There is a directive of the Premier to take alternative step for hawkers, he added.
He said it would be an advantage for the hawkers if the authority concerned can arrange weekly markets at different wards in big towns across the country.
The minister said Bangladesh is marching forward indomitably under the dynamic and farsighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The country has already left behind Pakistan in every index, he added.
“It is only possible for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership,” said Hasan.