AL founded to bring back independence of Bangla: Hasina

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. BSS File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday reiterated her determination to build a hunger and poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Bangabandhu.

She said this during inaugurating the 70th founding anniversary programmes of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban in capital’s Dhanmondi area this morning, reports BSS.

“On this historic day, it’s our pledge to build a hunger-and-poverty-free and prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, said Bangladesh is marching towards socio-economic development and the Bangalee nation achieved dignity in the entire world after the Awami League came to power.

“The nation lost this dignity after the assassination of Bangabandhu on 15 August in 1975,” she said.

The prime minister said the Awami League was founded to bring back the lost independence of Bangla.

“Today is the founding anniversary of that Awami League,” she said, adding, “Whenever Awami League comes to power, it gives (something) to the country and people.”

At the outset of her speech, the AL president narrated the history of establishment of the country’s oldest and biggest political party.

She also paid tributes to Bangabandhu and four national leaders as well as numerous party leaders and workers who sacrificed their lives for establishing rights of the people.

Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the 70th founding anniversary programmes of the Awami League by hoisting the national flag and releasing pigeons and balloons, while AL general secretary Obaidul Quader raised the party flag.

The national anthem was sung on the occasion.

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath at the portrait of the father of the nation in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban marking the party’s founding anniversary.

After laying the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence.

Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.

The Awami League was founded on this day in 1949, which was later transformed into the biggest political party of the country by leading all the democratic-political-social-cultural movements including the long arduous struggle for freedom and the liberation war.

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