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Leaders and activists of Awami League and its associated bodies greet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban in the capital on Friday on the occasion of her Homecoming Day.	photo: pid

Leaders and activists of Awami League and its associated bodies greet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban in the capital on Friday on the occasion of her Homecoming Day. photo: pid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday made a call to the Awami League leaders and activists to work in unison to maintain people's confidence and trust in the party.
The ruling party President came up with the call as the leaders of the party and its associated bodies visited her at Ganobhaban in the capital to greet her on her homecoming day.
Senior leaders of the party greeted the Prime Minister, also the president of Awami League, by presenting bouquets. Leaders of different front organizations of the party followed them.
On this day (May 17) in 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home after six years of exile following the country's saddest history of killing of Bangabandhu along with most of his family inmates on August 15, 1975.
Sheikh Hasina said, "To gain confidence and trust of the people is the most important thing for any political party. it is our great achievement that we gained confidence and trust of the people staying in power, which usually does not happen," she said.
She said the last general election is the evidence of her party's popularity as the people voted for it in large number because they had realised that the party had done huge works for the overall development of the country and to change their fate.
The premier called upon all to remain vigilant as the anti-liberation forces and war criminals couldn't go to state power again to play with the fate of people.  
She urged the party leaders to highlight before the people the development projects and programmes taken by the government over the years for their welfare.
She also urged the party workers to stay beside the people always and mould public opinion in favour of the party to achieve success.
While describing ups and downs of her political journey over the last 38 years, Sheikh Hasina became emotional time and again.
Mentioning her 38-year-long tenure as the party president, Hasina said, "This is too much. Now time has come for you, too. I'm getting old as well," she said.
She urged the party leaders to choose her successor. At that time, AL leaders denounced her call.
The premier said she becomes emotional when she remembers the gathering of millions of people at the airport to receive her braving heavy rain and storm.
"Love and affection of the people of Bangladesh inspired me to go ahead," she said.
She said the prime objective of her politics was to return the power to the people from military junta and bring smile on the faces of the masses.
Sheikh Hasina said it was a big challenge for her to take the responsibility of the party despite her active role in student politics.
The prime minister said she returned home at a very difficult time when the killers of Bangabandhu were enjoying indemnity and full liberty. Self-styled president Ziaur Rahman was running the country under night curfew and trying to split the Awami League, she added.
Sheikh Hasina said Ziaur Rahman pushed the county into a situation when 19 coups took place between 1975 and 1982. And, taking the opportunity, Zia killed hundreds of officers in the armed forces, including 561 officers of the air force and 2,000 members of the army.
"Some officers were on leave and knew nothing about the coups. But, Zia picked them from home and killed them by firing squad," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Ziaur Rahman was killed due to internal conflict in his party. And, after his killing a blue print of killing many army officers was executed.
In this context she, said the country witnessed 8.13 percent GDP growth and the poverty rate has reduced to 21 percent. "There will be no hardcore poor in Bangladesh as the government has undertaken social safety net programmes to put an end to it," she added.

She hoped the future generation will observe the centennial of the nation's independence in 2071 in a secular, developed and prosperous country being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War.

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