Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to pursue politics with principles, ideology and patience and issued a strong warning that none will be spared for any wrongdoing.
“You should not indulge in any work that can destroy the confidence and trust of the people … you’ll have to value the confidence and trust of the people,” she said when a BCL delegation called on her at her Ganabhaban residence in the capital in the evening.
Acting president of BCL Al Nahean Khan Joy and acting general secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee led the 23-member team.
After the meeting, PM’s deputy press secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher briefed the newsmen.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of ruling Awami League, told the BCL leaders: “We’ve given you responsibility by keeping confidence and trust in you. If you fail to keep up that dignity, there is no need of you.”
The prime minister also advised the BCL leaders and activists to be humble, saying: “We don’t expect that the student leaders will show off their power after going to power … you’ll have to be humble to go to the top.”
Sheikh Hasina said the government was hard on Jubo League after Chhatra League. “Social anomalies will have to be removed and we’ll not tolerate clashes and killing over casinos,” she said.
The prime minister said she is developing the country through hard work. “But I’ll not allow it to be tarnished … I’ll not spare any wrongdoer,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said there will be a probe as to how the foreigners came with casinos and how they got visas. “If anybody tries to obstruct this work, he or she will be dealt with an iron hand,” she said.
The prime minister told the BCL leaders and activists to earn teh confidence and trust of the people. “You should not do anything that will displease the people,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Chhatra League will stand on a solid foundation if its leaders and workers do politics with true principles and ideologies. “The confidence and trust of the people in the organisation will be increased further for it,” she said.
“If you don’t move with an ideology, then on whom we will leave the country in future … you’ll have to come to the leadership through work, then the people will accept you cordially,” she said.
The AL president went on saying: “I want you’ll move with an ideology and take the country forward till 2041 … build up the country’s image alongside your own image.”
Sheikh Hasina said the attitude that BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal showed during the BNP-Jamaat rule or before it could not be done.
Recalling the glorious role of the BCL in country’s all movements, the prime minister said the organisation founded by Bangabandhu made important contributions to Bangladesh’s all movements and struggles.
She directed the BCL leaders and workers to read the books on Bangabandhu like ‘Asamapta Atmajiboni’ and ‘Karagarer Rojnamcha’ saying that: “You can learn good politics from these books.”
The AL president also urged them to work in unison for strengthening the organisation further. “You’ll have to put the organisation on a solid foundation and take decision unitedly through discussion,” she said.
Earlier, the BCL leaders greeted the prime minister by presenting her with a bouquet.
AL joint secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, organising secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim and BM Mozammel Haque, central leaders Aminul Islam Amin, Iqbal Hossain Apu, MP, and Anwar Hossain were present on the occasion.