Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has dedicated the reception organised by the Awami League in her honour at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan to the people of Bangladesh, Agencies report.
Her party held the event to celebrate a number of the prime minister’s achievements, including the launch of the Bangabandhu satellite, Bangladesh’s graduation from ‘least developed’ to ‘developing’ country status, the Global Women’s Leadership Award in Australia and the DLitt degree she received from the Kazi Nazrul Islam University in India.
The event featured a cultural programme, including a performance from singer and MP Momtaz Begum, a dance performance choreographed by Sadia Islam Mou.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader read out a letter of congratulations to the prime minister at the event on Saturday.
Hasina, who addressed the audience after the cultural programme, quoted a song from Rabindranath Tagore, to express her sense of humility that such plaudits were more than she deserved.
Hasina spoke of the ‘difficult times’ after the assassination of her father and her family, and the difficulty of reorganising the party and bringing change into the lives of the people of Bangladesh.
The prime minister said her path was the implementation of her father’s dreams.
Hasina recalled the Father of the Nation’s efforts to ensure that the people get food, clothes, a home, education and a better life. “My goal is to achieve that dream.”
“I dedicate this reception to the people of Bangladesh.” Awami League Presidium member and Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury moderated the event.
Awami League leaders, activists and supporters, many in red and green caps and shirts, crowded the Suhrawardy Udyan area for the rally.
A total of 20,000 seats were been arranged in front of the L-shaped stage, but many others were seen standing outside.
At least 40 archways decked with photographs of the prime minister and her various achievements were also erected from the Matsya Bhaban to Ramna VIP gate.
The western side of the stage also exhibited drawings depicting the prime minister’s various achievements.