Hasina's homecoming day today
BSS, Dhaka :
Today (Friday) is the 38th homecoming day of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On May 17 in 1981, she returned after a long exile.
"I have come to stay beside the people of Bangladesh. I have taken part in the struggle for freedom. I have not come to be the leader of Awami League. I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your daughter, and as a worker of Awami League, who believes in the ideals of Bangabandhu," she told a huge mass at Manik Mia avenue on the day.
These were the first public remarks of Sheikh Hasina on her return home.
To mark the day, ruling Awami League (AL) and other political and social organization have chalked out elaborate programmes. President M Abdul Hamid on Thursday issued a message greeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her homecoming day.
He said Sheikh Hasina started movements for restoring democracy in the country. Subsequently, the dictatorship had collapsed amid a mass movement in 90s and democracy got victory, he added.
Under her leadership, Awami League (AL) won the general election on June 12 in 1996 and formed the government, Hamid said.
Under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, 14-allaince has created a history by assuming the state power for the third consecutive term through December 30 polls and is running the government successfully, the President added.
Despite different problems, the country is moving ahead because of Sheikh Hasina's farsighted and strong leadership and people-oriented activities, he said.
Describing the launching of country's first satellite Bangabandhu-I as a milestone, Hamid said Sheikh Hasina has taken 'Vision 2021' and 'Vision 2041' programmes to turn the country into a happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla.