Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday called upon the party leaders and workers to remain united under the leadership Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina to go ahead defying all odds.
"We will have to go ahead under the leadership of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina defying all impediments in the days to come," he said.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was addressing a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here marking Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's Homecoming Day.
"We have tough challenge to face in the coming days. To face the challenge, we will have to further strengthen the hands of Sheikh Hasina. We will have to remain united to build a Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman," he said.
AL Presidium Member Begum Matia Chowdhury chaired the discussion while Presidium Members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Dr Abdur Razzaque, Mofajjal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. Bir Bikram. Shajahan Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Joint General Secretaries -- Mahbubul-Alam Hanif, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organizing Secretaries Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam and Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Liberation War Affairs Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Agriculture Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laily, Women Affairs Secretary Meher Afroj Chumki, Science and Technology Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, Education and Human Resources Secretary Shamsun Nahar Chapa, Central Working Committee Members Mustafa Jalal Mahiuddin and Anwar Hossain, Dhaka City South AL President Abu Ahmed Mannafi and its General Secretary Humayun Kabir, Dhaka City North AL President Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and its General Secretary SM Mannan Kachi addressed it, among others.
AL Publicity and Publications Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam Amin moderated the discussion.
About date fixing for the much-anticipated Padma Bridge opening, Obaidul Quader said the premier will fix the date for inauguration of the bridge.
The country's people want that Padma Bridge to be named after Sheikh Hasina but the premier and her sister Sheikh Rehana don't want that, he mentioned.
The road transport and bridges minister said different conspiracies were hatched centering Padma Bridge and propaganda was spread against the premier and her family members.
Overcoming all conspiracies, Padma Bridge is visible today under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, he said.
Quader said in the post 1975-period, Sheikh Hasina is the most successful diplomat, efficient administrator, honest and popular leader in the country in the last 41 years.
Today, Bangladesh has become a role model of development in the world under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, he said.
As Sheikh Hasina returned to her homeland, war criminals and killers of Bangabandhu were brought to justice and the country is witnessing unprecedented development in all sectors, he said.
Matia Chowdhury said under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter, Bangladesh is marching forward towards prosperity, per capita income increased, and progress in agriculture, education and communications continues.
Even Bangladesh had extended financial support to Sri Lanka, she said.
Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said the defeated forces of 1971 didn't stop their conspiracies by assassinating Bangabandhu and most of his family members rather they are out to ruin Awami League and the spirit of Liberation War.
The country had become a safe haven for militancy and terrorism, he said, adding that conspiracies were hatched repeatedly to assassinate Bangabandhu's daughter and AL President Sheikh Hasina.
He urged the party leaders and workers to stay prepared to resist any kind of conspiracy and to become true ideological solider of Bangabandhu.