Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the young generation to build them imbued with the Liberation War spirit so that no one can play any game with the country,UNB reports.
“We’ll have to go when our time will be over. But I urge the young generation to make them worthy citizens imbued with the Liberation War spirit so that no one can play ducks and drakes with the country,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this participating in discussions on a condolence motion in Parliament on the death of veteran parliamentarian Suranjit Sengupta. Paying tributes to Suranjit, Sheikh Hasina briefly described his struggle where he faced numerous obstacles to his way to politics.
She also praised him for his role in different movements, including the establishment of the rights of common people, and described his death as an irreparable loss to all.
Noting that the military rulers tainted the country’s Constitution and took the country away from the Liberation War spirit when they captured power, the Prime Minister said, “We’ve reestablished the spirit and ignited that among the common people after a long struggle. And Suranjit Sengupta was one of our companions in that struggle.”
She hoped that the young generation will be able to drive the country to the right path with that spirit, saying Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country with an ideal and goal.
“His (Suranjit’s) son was mentally affected when the army personnel broke into his bedroom during military ruler Ershad and hit him with rifles. His son couldn’t endure that scene and got shock psychologically. Later, he was sent to Canada for treatment and it took a long time to bring him to normal life,” she said.
Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad said Suranjit was a bright star in parliamentary democracy. “He was a veteran parliamentarian who worked for the wellbeing of the country’s soil and people,” she said.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith said Suranjit was a complete politician by profession. “He had been a politician since his student life. He has no other identity. Though he had been engaged in legal practice for some days, he is largely identified as a politician,” he added.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said he raised his voice on what he believes in. “Even he didn’t hesitate to utter harsh words which are true.” Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said Suranjit was an indispensable part of cultural programme of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University when he was a student.
Jatiya Party MP Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu said Suranjit is a name of spirit, who used to work for people’s freedom. All MPs stood up and observed a one-minute silence to pay respect to the memory of their veteran political colleague.
Earlier, Parliament unanimously adopted the condolence motion expressing profound grief at the demise of the ruling Awami League MP elected from Sunamganj.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the condolence motion in the House at the very beginning of the day’s business. After adopting the condolence motion, the day’s scheduled businesses of the House were suspended as per the tradition.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, Chief Whip ASM Feroz, State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, Whip Shahab Uddin, AL MPs Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Abdul Matin Khasru, Vice-principal Md Abdus Shahid, Prof Ali Ashraf, Col (retd) Shawkat Ali, Dr Mahiuddin Khan Alamgir, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mrinal Kanti Das, Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Mohibur Rahman Manik, Md Abdul Majid Khan, Amatul Kibria Keya, Jatiya Party MP ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Ziauddin Ahmed (Bablu) and Pir Fazlur Rahman, Jasod MP Moin Uddin Khan Badal and Independent MP Rustum Ali Faraji spoke on the condolence motion.