Dhaka, May 18: The 39th homecoming day of Awami League president and Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, was observed on Friday in a befitting manner. On May 17, 1981, Hasina returned home from India after nearly six years in exile, following the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members by a group of Army officers on August 15, 1975.However, the two daughters of Bangabandhu—Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana—survived as they were in Germany at that time. Hasina was elected president of the Awami League (AL) at the party’s national council held on February 14–16, 1981. But she was not present in the country at that time.
Sheikh Hasina urged all her party leaders and workers to remain alert so that anti-Liberation forces and war criminals are not able to return to power again in the country.
“We all have to remain alert so that anti-Liberation and war criminals cannot come to power again to play with the fate of the people,” she said. She said this when leaders of the Awami League and its associated bodies came to her official residence Ganobhaban to greet her on her homecoming day.
Senior leaders of the party greeted the Prime Minister by presenting bouquets. Leaders of different front organisations of the party followed them.
The AL has become the number one political party of the country over the years despite several attempts to destroy it, she said.
The Awami League and its affiliated organisations chalked out several programmes, including milad, doa mahfil and discussions to mark the day.
Addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, auditorium, presided over by AL presidium member Matia Chowdhury, party leaders said people got the taste of independence after Sheikh Hasina returned to the country.
They said 19 attempts had been made by the anti-Liberation forces to assassinate Sheikh Hasina, but they failed each time.
Sheikh Hasina is now not merely a leader of the Bangladesh Awami League, but is recognised as a world leader too, the AL leaders observed.
They added that as long as the nation was in Sheikh Hasina’s hands, it would be on the right track.
They said Sheikh Hasina’s leadership had ensured people’s social dignity and restored the rule of justice, unlike the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which had been giving immunity to the killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Among others, AL advisory council member, Amir Hossain Amu, Dhaka University professor Anowar Hossain, presidium member and agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque, joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, organising secretaries Ahmed Hossain, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury spoke.
Speaking at the programme, Razzaque said the government had planned to export rice and paddy to ensure proper price for farmers.
He said Sheikh Hasina’s government would ensure low price rice for people in the lower income group and a fair price for farmers.