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Staff Correspondent

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2021-11-17 19:25:17 BdST

Patriotism must for country's development: PM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said patriotism and loyalty is must for the country's development.

"(You) have to be loyal for the country's development. (You) must have patriotism. The development of a country can be done only being imbued with patriotism," she said.

The prime minister made this remark at the parliament while participating in the discussion on a condolence motion over the death of sitting Awami League lawmaker Md Akabbar Hossain elected from Tangail-7 constituency.

She said development of the country was only possible when the work would be done with honesty.

"Without it (honesty) development is not possible, which we've witnessed in the 21 years after 1975 (brutal killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman)," she said.

Referring to the country's uplift that has been achieved only in the last 12 years, Sheikh Hasina said, "This development was not possible if we would not have worked with honesty and loyalty."

The prime minister said they have also seen in the country that the money of own country was handed over to others and again that money was taken as commission.

"There can be no more shameful thing than this," she said.

She said each and every money should be used for the development of the people and the country, and the development of every people of the country means development of own fate.

"...Now we are realising that how much honest and devoted leadership is needed for the country," she said.

The country has lost a leader at the demise of Akabbar Hossain who could contribute more to the development of the country, she noted.

Calling him as an honest and sincere politician, Sheikh Hasina said that his demise is a huge loss to the party and also to the country.

"Akabbar was one of them who had political wisdom, foresightedness, honesty, sincerity and ideology to lead the country particularly Awami League after our generation," she observed.

She said it is really very tough to accept the loss of an honest and sincere politician like him.

"It is unfortunate for us that we lost such an activist, which is a huge loss to our party and also to the country as it is essential to have sincerity and patriotism (among the political leaders) to make development of the country," she said.

The prime minister said Akabbar had a very deep-rooted relation with the people and his constituency saw significant development during his tenures.

"When he spoke, he did so politely. He was very calm and polite," she said.

Recalling his contribution to every movement and struggle of the party, the Awami League president said his contribution to the party can never be forgotten.

She prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

The leader of the house said it is very unfortunate that some 20 lawmakers of the current parliament died, which is an unusual matter.

"It is very unfortunate that we lost 20 lawmakers of this parliament," she said, mentioning a list of the 20 parliament members who passed away since 2019.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Deputy Opposition Leader Ghulam Muhammed Quader, Opposition chief whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga, Awami League MPs Matia Chowdhury (Sherpur-2), Abdus Sobhan Miah (Madaripur-3), Benjir Ahmed (Dhaka-20), Choto Monir (Tangail-2), and Anwarul Abedin Khan (Mymensingh-9) also joined the discussion.

Earlier, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the condolence motion to the House in the beginning of the day's session.

A one-minute silence was observed and a munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of the four-time lawmaker.

The parliament unanimously adopted the obituary motion expressing profound shock at his death.

Later, the parliament session was adjourned after the adoption of the condolence motion over the death of the sitting lawmaker as per the tradition.

Md Akabbar Hossain, 65, died in a city hospital on Tuesday.

He was the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry.

Akabbar was born on July 12, 1956 at Postkamuri village in Mirzapur upazila of Tangail. He obtained BSS and MSS degrees from Social Sciences in Dhaka University.

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