Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Saturday her party Awami League did not waste its sprit and strength by going for revenge as it does not believe in the politics of vengeance.
“We don’t believe in the politics of vengeance…that’s why we didn’t waste our sprit and strength by going for revenge,” she said.
The premier was exchanging greetings with the party presidium members and central leaders at her official residence Gono Bhaban in the afternoon.
Referring to the repressive acts taken place after the 2001 general election, Hasina said BNP-Jamaat government had wanted to annihilate the Awami League as BNP does not believe in democracy.
Conveying a message to the opposition on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the AL president said her party wants to see a stronger opposition and constructive criticisms from it.
She called upon the opposition to think positive and think about people’s welfare shunning the habit of unjustified criticism.
On withdrawal of the opposition’s felicitation over the maritime victory against Myanmar, she questioned, “What type of curtsey is this?”
Hasina said her aim is to take the country forward and keep it on the track of development, leaving the worn-out past and ignominies behind. “Problems will be there…we’ve to overcome that …we need to move ahead with this [positive] mentality.”
She said the country has been on the path of progress as her party has concentrated on its development.
“Despite global economic slowdown, our economy is on a sound track.”
Hasina greeted the people of the country on the occasion of Bangla New Year and wished it would bring immense happiness, prosperity and joy in the lives of all.
Earlier, the AL central leaders and party presidium members greeted Hasina with bouquets on occasion.