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All credit goes to countrymen for Padma Bridge: PM Hasina

AL govt wants to fulfill electoral pledges

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Published: 13:37, 3 July 2022   Update: 14:27, 3 July 2022
All credit goes to countrymen for Padma Bridge: PM Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude to the countrymen for standing beside her in building the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, saying all credit goes to the people of Bangladesh for its construction.

"I am really grateful to the people of Bangladesh for standing by me in this way. Their strength is the greatest strength (for me)," she said.

The premier said this while speaking at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat on Sunday, reports BSS.

She chaired the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Replying to the greetings of her cabinet colleagues and officials, the prime minister said that, "This greeting is for the people of my country. It is not for me, for the people of Bangladesh."

Sheikh Hasina said the construction of Padma Multipurpose Bridge, which opened for traffic on June 25, is a huge milestone in changing the destiny of the people of Bangladesh. "So, I sincerely thank everyone," she added.

She also mentioned that the construction of the Padma Bridge here is a history.

She said those who were involved here, especially the finance minister, finance secretary and others, none was stingy, rather they made it easier in accumulating money to build the bridge by own.

"This credit belongs to everyone. I thank everyone," she continued.

Regarding the construction of the bridge, the premier said the war started in 2012 and it is not possible to say how much slander, how many things have been done against it (to stop the construction of the Padma Bridge).

She went on saying, "Especially, when the slander was given to us, it was not acceptable."

Sheikh Hasina recalled the time when she announced that the Padma Bridge will be constructed with own money without taking it from anyone.

"My biggest strength was the response of our people because they all stepped up and told me that you go ahead, we will arrange the money," she added.

"But, the saddest thing is that we could have started (construction of the bridge) earlier and ended earlier (if there was no conspiracy)," she noted.

The head of the government said another unfortunate thing was that "some of our economists, the knowledgeable person, started to say that it (bridge) will not be viable, who will use it here, no money will be raised, but what is being seen now . . ."

She noted it will bring a change in human life and livelihood of people.

AL govt wants to fulfill electoral pledges

The premier also said her government would materialise the electoral pledges and thus give the people an improved and better life, urging all to work together to build a prosperous and developed country maintaining continuation of ongoing development.

"We want to implement the electoral pledges, based on which we assumed power," she said while addressing a function to mark signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for FY 2022-23 between the ministries and divisions.

The prime minister said the government has transformed Bangladesh into a developing country in 2021 while the nation celebrated twin mega events, birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of the country's Liberation War, in accordance with the Awami League's election manifesto of 2008.

She said her government is now working tirelessly to change the fate of the countrymen after giving them an improved and better life by making Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country free from poverty and hunger by 2041.

The government has been implementing a perspective plan for 2021-2041 to pursue the target, she added.