DHAKA, June 4, 2018 : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said
Bangladesh’s democracy has stood on a strong foundation while its economy is
now enough strong.
“We’re advancing fast in all fields and our democracy has stood on a
strong foundation, while the economy is adequate strong,” she said in her
brief speech before an iftar mahfil here this afternoon.
The Prime Minister hosted the iftar for the leaders of different political
parties at her official Ganabhaban residence.
Sheikh Hasina said her party Bangladesh Awami League declared Din Badaler
Sanad (charter for change) before the 2008 election.
“The change of the days of the people has started and economic uplift of the
people is being made at the village level due to various pragmatic steps of
the present government,” she said.
The premier reiterated her determination to build a hunger and poverty-free
Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu.
“We have already reduced poverty rate to a great extent …Insaha Allah we
establish a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the Father of
the Nation,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has been graduated to a developing country
from a least developed one. “We have entered the era of nuclear power and
achieved capability of moving in the space,” she said, seeking cooperation of
all to keep up this advancement.
The Prime Minister said her government is working tirelessly with the goal
and spirit of establishing Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country.
“Bangladesh was liberated under the leadership of Bangabandhu to build a
developed and prosperous country, and we have firm belief that we would be
able to achieve this goal,” she said.
She also extended her Ramadan greetings as well as the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr
greetings to all.
Earlier, the Prime Minister went round different tables set for the guests,
exchanged pleasantries with them and enquired about their well- being.
Before the iftar, a special munajat was offered seeking continued peace,
progress and prosperity of the nation.
Prayers were also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of
the August 15 carnage, and the martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War as well as
long life and good health of the Prime Minister.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Finance Minister AMA
Muhith, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushan Ershad, Jatiya
Party Chairman and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Hussain Muhammad Ershad,
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury,
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Road
Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Jatiya Party (Manju) Chairman
Anwar Hossain Manju, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya
Samajtantrik Dal President and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu,
Samyabadi Dal President Dilip Barua and BNA President Barrister Nazmul Huda,
among others, attended the iftar.
Besides, other ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, parliament
members, senior leaders of Bangladesh Awami League, Jatiya Party, Jatiya
Party (Manju), Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Workers Party, NAP, Samyabadi Dal,
Ganotontri Party, Gano Azadi League as well as leaders of AL’s associate
bodies, including Jubo League, Jubo Mohila League, Chhatra League, Krishak
League, Mohila Awami League, Sechchhasebak League, Jatiya Sramik League,
Mohila Sramik League, Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad and Awami Bangabanadhu
Ainjibi Parishad, also joined the iftar.