Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday called the parents to keep eyes on their children so that they never can be radicalized as militancy has posed a serious threat to the society.
Addressing a rally organized by her ruling Awami League in western Bangladeshi district of Magura, the Prime Minister also urged the guardians for always keeping in touch with their children and to know about their wishes.
She also announced her government’s clemency for those youths who would voluntarily abjure radical life and intend to come back to normal life saying the government would provide all necessary help for their rehabilitation, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
During her visit to Magura, Hasina inaugurated a number of development projects in the western district prior to the public rally, where she asked the people to cast vote for her Awami League party in the next general elections to help turn the country into a developed one.
The country would be in a state of ruin if any evil force like Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat get the opportunity to grab power again like 2001.
“You will have to remain careful about the threat,” Hasina told the gathering of several thousand people urging them to materialize her plan of making Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed and peaceful nation in South Asia by 2041.
Hasina said there is a class in the country which always creates obstacles when her government takes up any development work. People of Magura had to face many difficulties when BNP came to power in 2001, she recalled.
Referring to vote manipulation in a Magura constituency in March, 1994 during a by-election, Hasina said vote rigging of BNP is now a stigma in the election history of Bangladesh.
The public wrath against the rigging finally turned into a movement that ousted BNP from power, she said.
Hasina listed her government’s achievement over the past eight years and compared with the previous BNP-Jamaat alliance regime from 2001 to 2006. The alliance assumed office through conspiracy with the help of spy agencies of India and United States.
She regretted saying that the BNP-Jamaat regime has presented militancy, terrorism and money laundering. They also stopped all development programmes initiated by the previous Awami League government for the welfare of the nation, she said.
Awami League advisory council member Amir Hossain Amu, presidium member Pijush Kanti Banerjee, joint secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Abdur Rahman, State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Shikdar and organizing secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan also spoke on the occasion while Tanjel Hossain Khan, district AL president, was in the chair.