Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday called for uprooting all the weeds from Awami League and its affiliate student body Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to build theorganisations with Bangabandhu’s ideals.
"You need to root out the weeds from your all works and build the organisations (AL, BCL) being the men of ideals and principle like Bangabandhu," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, was speaking at a discussion meeting on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.
The Prime Minister said the collaborators and flatters of the defeated force are still there in the country.
She mentioned that Bangabandhu in his write-up termed Bangladesh land very fertile where trees and weeds grow up so easily. "But, the weeds devastate useful trees, we have to root out the weeds so that the useful trees could grow up easily," the AL chief added.
The Awami League chief said two types of politics are now prevailing in the country -- one is being used as a money-making tool through llegal means and another is devoting to people’s welfare. "We are in the second one…being a politician it is the greatest achievement for one to earn the trust, confidence and love of people," she added.
About the August-15 massacre, she said it was not just the killing of a family. "The target was to destroy the nation’s independence and victory," she said.
That is why, Hasina mentioned, the killers killed the four national leaders in jail as they carried out the Liberation War and earned the victory for the nation.
After the August 15, 1975, she said, there was a planned negative propaganda against Awami League. "The propaganda was so planned that it seemed that Awami League committed a great sin by liberating the country… Awami League turned out to be the greatest enemy of the country," the Prime Minister said.
Hasina also mentioned that the defeated forces were engaged in the propaganda as Bangabandhu started the trial of the war criminals, while Ziaur Rahman by amending the Constitution stopped their trial and rehabilitated them.
"After 75, it seemed that Bangladesh was not an independent country anymore…there was a bid to make it colony again," she said.
About Khaleda Zia’s birthday celebrations on August 15, the Prime Minister said she celebrates a fake birthday because she never believes in Bangladesh’s liberation and independence.
"She was with the occupational force, she was the collaborator of that force, their defeat caused her pain, to express her solidarity with the occupational force she celebrates her birthday on August 15 though it’s not her birthday. This is her perverted mentality,” Hasina said.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) organised the discussion with its president M Saifur Rahman Sohag in the chair. Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, Prof Dr Sultana Shafi and Dr Fakhrul Alam of Dhaka University, among others, spoke at the occasion.
BCL general secretary Jakir Hossain conducted the programme.