Quarters with vested interest out to tarnish Bangladesh’s image: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said quarters with vested interest are out to tarnish the image of Bangladesh.
"Bangladesh will march forward, no one will ever be able to drag it back. Some incidents are happening… quarters with vested interest are deliberately trying to tarnish the country's image, and you all are aware of that," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating Payra Bridge and laying the foundation stone of six-lane (including service lane) Dhaka-Sylhet and Sylhet-Tamabil highways from her official residence Gono Bhaban.
She said certain quarters are also engaged in spreading propaganda against Bangladesh. "Whatever development we achieve, a section of people is out there and they are busy demeaning the country," she said.
"They don't want Bangladesh's democratic process to continue, their demands rise whenever there is any untoward situation in the country," she said.
That is why, she said, this section of people never sees development of the country. "Instead, they want destruction. This is the reality. People of the country need to be aware of this," the PM added.
Recalling the dark days after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was murdered, the Prime Minister said those who were in power directly or indirectly from 1975 to 1996 and 2001 to 2008 wanted to stifle the development of the country.
"It was not their desire that Bangladesh will earn honours across the globe and the people of the country will move forward with their heads held high," she said.
Talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, Hasina said, "We're providing vaccines…no one will be left behind," she said.
She also said the government is gradually reopening schools and colleges so that there will be no hurdles in academic activities.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Highways and Bridges Secretary M Nazrul Islam also spoke at the event.
A video on Payra Bridge and Dhaka-Sylhet, Sylhet-Tamabil highways was screened at the programme.