DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has conferred the duty of evaluating her government’s successes and failures on countrymen.
The premier said it on Friday evening (Jan 12) while addressing the nation on completion of the fourth year of her second consecutive term in office.
Mentioning that AL came to power for the third time by a landslide victory in the election on January 5 in 2014, she said, “I have tried my best to deliver the promises I made and to keep the faith you (people) put on me and my government. However, you should be the ultimate judge of what we have done so far.”
PM Hasina also expressed sincere gratitude to countrymen for electing her the leader of the country. “Four years ago I took oath as Prime Minister and today I have come to thank you for that,” she said.
"We do not want to cling to the past, but would not forget it either. We will move forward by evaluating the successes and failures of the past and correcting the mistakes and faults."
The premier said the country now was set on the track of the development highway when there was no scope for looking back and expected the present and future generation to take the responsibility for clearing all obstacles to the way of prosperity and progress.
On the issue of election, the premier said that an election-time government will be formed as per constitution to help the Election Commission to oversee the next general election.
"People want peace. They will no longer accept any move for elections boycott and destruction of public property in the name of movement," she said.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated her determination to build Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041.
She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country to implement an ideology and spirit aimed at giving the people rid of hunger and poverty while "my determination is to implement Bangabandhu's aspiration".
Sheikh Hasina has served as the Prime Minister for 14 years in three terms which is longest time anyone did it in the history of Bangladesh.
BDST: 2040 HRS, JAN 12, 2018