12:00 AM, January 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:34 AM, January 03, 2019

Building 'Sonar Bangla': Hasina seeks cooperation from all

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation from all, including the officials of public and private organisations, to establish a poverty- and hunger-free “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.

She was talking to senior civil and military officials, individuals and leaders of various organisations, including Bangladesh Scouts and Bangladesh Girl Guides Association, when they met her at the Gono Bhaban.

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Presenting bouquets to the PM, they greeted her on the Awami League's landslide victory in the national election.

Hasina, also the AL president, said her party's win was the result of the people's coordinated efforts.

Saying that her responsibility towards the country and its people has increased further following the victory, the PM assured people of fulfilling their desires, hopes and aspirations.

She reiterated her strong stance against terrorism and militancy saying there would be no room on Bangladesh soil for terrorists and militants.

The AL chief also extended her gratitude to those who came to congratulate her following her party's polls victory.

Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain and Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Mahfuzur Rahman were present, among others.

Addressing a cross-section of people, including representatives from Bankers Association of Bangladesh and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, at the Gono Bhaban, Hasina yesterday said she wanted a “good opposition” in 11th parliament, but the possibility of having it diminished when a party “indulged in nomination trade”.

She said the opposition had a “peculiar” attitude. “The way they gave nominations, it was not for participating in the election. They just did business in the name of giving nominations.”

The AL chief also said she saw people's desire for casting votes in favour of “boat”, her party's electoral symbol, in the 11th parliamentary polls like that seen in 1970 and 1973.

Earlier on Tuesday night, the premier said there would be no space for war criminals and anti-liberation forces on Bangladesh soil and the country would move forward with the spirit of the Liberation War.

Hasina made the comments when a cross-section of people came to the Gono Bhaban to extend greetings to her.

Ministers, political leaders, cultural personalities, artistes, poets, actors, singers, physicians, journalists, litterateurs, civil society members and senior civil and military officials greeted the PM.

She also expressed gratitude to all for the AL's victory and sought cooperation from the people of all classes and professions in maintaining the development and progress of the country.

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