Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the days for lagging behind other countries is over. Now the country is on the ‘highway of development’.
In a message on the occasion of the Homecoming Day, she said, "Let us build a "Sonar Bangla" as dreamt by Bangabandhu where there will be no disparity between the rich and the poor and equal opportunity of prosperity will be available for all."
She called for building a non-communal, hunger-poverty-free and happy-prosperous Bangladesh being imbued with the spirit of liberation war.
The Prime Minister also said "The 10th January of 1972 is one of the red letter days in the history of the liberation struggle of the Bangalee nation. On this day, the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to independent Bangladesh after over nine and a half months' captivity in a Pakistan jail."
In the face of death, he rejoiced the spirit of the Banglee nation, she said adding he was the inspiration of the freedom fighters.
"Under his undisputed leadership, the Bangalee nation earned the ultimate victory waging the 9-month solemnly-vowed war. The defeated Pakistani rulers were finally compelled to free Bangabandhu".
Sheikh Hasina said "The democracy has been reestablished after a protracted struggle and sacrifice. Awami League government has been working relentlessly to bring positive changes in people's living standard. Our per capita income has been risen to USD 1466. Foreign exchange reserve surpassed USD 32 billion."