Hasina said the goal of her government is to change the fate of the people for whom Bangabandhu liberated the country, struggled throughout his life, endured repeated incarcerations and repression, and dedicated his life.

“Today, I express my gratitude to the people of Bangladesh as they kept their trust in me and I’ve got the scope time and again to work for the development of the people, coming in power,” she said.

The prime minister reiterated her firm conviction to bring smiles to the faces of unhappy people by building the country as hunger- and poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangladesh’ for which the Father of the Nation made the country independent.

Hasina said people came to know about a complete plan to rebuild independent Bangladesh from the historic 10th January Speech Bangabandhu delivered after returning home from Pakistan jail in 1972.

She said the Father of the Nation, in his speech, had mentioned how the independent country would run and which ideology would be followed by. “We got a complete plan in his speech,” said Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.

Noting that Bangabandhu had dreamt of building Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country, she said he had got only three and half years (in power) and turned Bangladesh into a least developed country.

Referring to the assassination of the Father of the Nation, she said when he had taken steps for the empowerment and socioeconomic development of the common, poor and grassroots people, the 15-August blow came.

This blow was not to assassinate just a president, rather to kill the ideology and spirit of an independent country, which was reflected on the activities of the successive regimes, she said.

The prime minister said the killers of 15 August carnage, anti-liberation forces, war criminals, human rights offenders had grabbed power and tried to do anything to change the fate of people.

Former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddique and former foreign secretary Mohiuddin Ahmed also spoke at the discussion. Chief coordinator of the national implementation committee Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury delivered the welcome speech.

Mohiuddin Ahmed had received Bangabandhu at Heathrow Airport on 8 January 1972 when he went to London after being freed from a Pakistan jail.

Cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor, MP recited two poems composed on Bangabandhu and Bangamata at the function conducted by cultural activist Tropa Majumder.

The discussion was followed by a cultural soiree.

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