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BD’s LDC graduation delayed for Bangabandhu’s assassination: PM

18 March 2018,Sunday, 21:17

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said had the Father of the Nation been alive after 1975, Bangladesh would have been a developing country within 10 years of its independence.

“I fondly believe Bangladesh would have been a developing country within 10 years of our independence had Bangabandhu been alive,” she said while addressing a discussion in the city.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh, a war-ravaged country, had been categorised as a least developed country (LDC) within three years of its independence in 1975.

Bangladesh Awami League arranged the discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre marking the 98th birth anniversary of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman and the National Children’s Day, UNB reports.

The Prime Minister said, “Today, we’ve got recognition as a developing country. We’ve been able to achieve it after 37 years since 1975, though Bangladesh could have achieved it a long ago if the black day like 15th August 1975 had not come in Bangalees’ life.”

Noting that there had been conspiracy in 1975 so that Bangladesh could not progress, she said those who came to power after 1975 had never wanted Bangladesh to be self-reliant economically.

Sheikh Hasina said they rather had wanted to do everything to make Bangladesh a failed state as they were busy making their own fortune. “Had they had good will, Bangladesh could have developed a long ago.”

As a developing country, Bangladesh will not face any difficulty in availing itself of foreign loan for its development work, she said. “We won’t face any difficulty in getting loan. However, we’ll have to give higher interest to some extent and we’re able to pay this,” she said.

In the past, Bangladesh faced many conditions for getting foreign loan for any project as a least developed country. “Even providing funds to projects was stopped bringing corruption allegation,” the Prime Minister said, adding: “It can’t be done anymore. They can’t dare it anymore. Today, we’re a developing country.”

She said the nation got the independence, the state and respect as the Bengali nation in the international arenasince the Father of the Nation was born. “Bangladesh is now a developing country. The good news came on the birth anniversary of the Father of Nation. Nothing can be a bigger achievement than it.”

Hasina said Bangabandhu had been vocal throughout his life about establishing rights of the people of this country.

The Prime Minister said the Independence Day will be celebrated in a new dimension this year as Bangladesh will observe it as a developing country.

She said the Father of the Nation never celebrated his birthday, but his family members did it in a very simple manner.

Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said her mother used to arrange milad in mosques and cooked food of their choice on the day.

On Thursday last, the United Nations declared Bangladesh a developing country as it attained all the three graduation criteria for the graduation from the LDC group.

AL President Sheikh Hasina presided over the discussion.

AL leaders SyedaSajedaChowdhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Agriculture Minister MatiaChowdhury and Abdul MatinKhasru, eminent writer SelinaHossain and noted artist Hashem Khan, among other, addressed the discussion moderated by AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Hasan Mahmud.

Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman was born on March 17 in 1920.


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