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Leaders must make sacrifices: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged political leaders to make sacrifices for the sake the country’s development.

She made this appeal in Parliament on the first day of it fourth session while remembering Ishaque Hossain Talukder, the Sirajganj-3 MP, who passed away last month.

Expressing a deep sense of loss at the demise of the freedom fighter-turned-politician, she said, “He was a man of the soil and the people. I had not imagined he would leave us so suddenly.”

The Awami League chief said the country would have no difficulty in making rapid progress if it had such dedicated leaders, ready to make sacrifices.

Three-time MP Ishaque Hossain Talukder died on Oct 6.

Recalling his role in several movements, Hasina said he had accompanied Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, going from door to door, to hand out relief. “Serving the people was the hallmark of his character.”

“He became an MP thrice, but he sought nothing for himself. He only pursued the interest of the people of his locality and spoke up for them.”

Talukder was elected chairman of the Union Parishad in 1984 and elected MP from the Royganj-Tarash constituency in 1986, 2007 and 2014.

Hasina described him as a torch-bearer of Bangabandhu’s ideals. “He was a golden soul building a golden Bangla. He worked for the well-being of the people and the country all his life.

“His civility and honesty were traits all politicians should emulate,” the prime minister said.

A condolence resolution was unanimously adopted with Speaker Shirin Sarmin Chaudhury in the chair.

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