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PM Hasina: Strong opposition is a must

  • Published at 04:45 pm January 31st, 2021
PM Sheikh Hasina NEC meeting December 29 2020
File photo: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a meeting of the National Economic Council virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 PID

The present opposition parties in the parliament could not attain the confidence and trust of people, says the premier  

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said a strong opposition in the country is a must to make democracy work for people.

"For a democracy, a strong opposition party is a must as we want our democratic trend to continue," she said.

The prime minister said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of "Programs of Mujib Borsho", "Mujib Borsho website 2020-21" and a digital compilation of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by the 11th National Parliament at the Oath Room of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.

Sheikh Hasina said the present opposition parties in the parliament could not attain the confidence and trust of people at their desired level due to the lack of leadership. “Parliament has its own role in continuing the democratic system in the country.”

Public representatives can speak for people in the parliament, she said recalling her days as opposition leader in the House when they had faced a lot of problems in speaking up for people. "But we can say we aren’t creating that types of problems sitting at the treasury bench," she said.

Talking about coronavirus and vaccine, the prime minister said Bangladesh attained considerable success in facing the pandemic. “With the arrival of the vaccine, it [govt] has gained power to face the virus with a greater strength.”

Regarding the contributions of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Hasina said that there had been frantic efforts to erase the name of Bangabandhu from Bangladesh's history after August 15, 1975.

"Even they tried to erase the name and contributions of Bangabandhu from the Independence and Language Movement," she said.

Prime Minister Hasina said Ziaur Rahman, HM Ershad, and Khaleda Zia destroyed many archives both at Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar.

She said Bangabandhu wanted to build a country that would be free from poverty and hunger.

"But he couldn’t do that. So, it’s our responsibility to finish his unfinished task, and we’re taking Bangladesh forward in that direction," she said.

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