PM urges AL men to move with principle, ideology

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today described Bangladesh Awami League (AL) as the country’s “biggest and strongest” political party, urging its leaders and workers to be psyched up with principle and ideology.

“Principle and ideology are the biggest words for any political leader. So he or she will have to remain prepared for making any sacrifice for maintaining principle and ideology,” she said while inaugurating the AL’s 21st National Council at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan here this afternoon.

The premier asked the party stalwarts to stay ready for making sacrifice to enable people getting adhered to principle and ideology for achieving anything great.

Sheikh Hasina, also the president of AL, added that those who could make such a sacrifice become successful and could give something to the country and the nation.

Quoting a comment of Bangabandhu, she said temporary benefits are achieved if any party moves with leaders without principles. “But those leaders are not found during any struggle — it’s the biggest reality,” she said.

The premier said the Awami League is that organisation which made sacrifice time and again. “The people of Bangladesh today got its fruits, and today’s Bangladesh is advancing towards the path of development and prosperity which Bangabandhu dreamt of,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh is moving ahead and it will continue to advance further, asserting that none will be able to play ducks and drakes with the people of the country.

“In this council, it’s our pledge to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu Insha Allah,” she said.

Earlier, the prime minister opened the two-day triennial council of the party which waged the Bengali nationalist movement nearly seven decades ago and subsequently steered the country’s 1971 Liberation War, by hoisting the national flag and releasing balloons and pigeons at the venue, the site of Bangabandhu’s landmark 7th March address and surrender of Pakistani troops in 1971.

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader and the presidents of AL’s 78 organisational districts raised the party flag and the national anthem was sung on the occasion.

The theme of the council is “On the way to implement Bangabandhu’s dream of Sonar Bangla under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, being advance irresistibly: We are Bangladesh”.