Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina asked all members of parliament (MPs) to dedicate their lives for welfare of their localities.
Sheikh Hasina said, “Serving people is the greatest virtue and there is nothing greater than that. Political leaders should engage them in serving the people.”
She was speaking at the condolence motion of the death of Awami League (AL) lawmakers elected from Natore-4 M Abdul Quddus and Netrokona-4 Rebeka Momin in parliament on Sunday. The premier said Rebekah Momin and M Abdul Quddus have always worked for the welfare of the country and its people.
Sheikh Hasina added, “I am appealing to the newly elected lawmakers to reach the fruit of achieving the country’s independence through the Great Liberation War following its ideal and spirit. This is our only goal. It was very shocking that the session of the parliament has to start with condolence motion. I thought this time might be an exception. But that didn’t happen.”
She mentioned that 28 members of this parliament have passed away, of them, 26 were from the Awami League. Abdul Quddus was a student of Rajshahi University. He used to do Chhatra League politics. He was very brave. Natore was a place of terror. He has been elected there for several times. He was very popular among the people.
The Prime Minister said she knew Rebeca Momin from her student life. Awami League is doing politics to ensure welfare of the people. Awami League government has been working tirelessly for welfare of the people since it assumed power. Our development trend has reached the grassroots stage. This has been possible as parliamentarians have been performing their duties with utmost sincerity.
She Described shortly her government’s efforts for ensuring overall socio-economic development of Bangladesh, and said, “We have been able to elevate Bangladesh to the status of a developing country. Bangladesh has to improve more.”
The parliament also mourned the deaths of valiant freedom fighters, former Religious Affairs Minister and former MP Principal Matiur Rahman, former MP Professor Panna Kaiser, former MP Mohammad Ullah.
The House expressed condolence at the demise of valiant Freedom Fighter and former Air Force Chief Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Sultan Mahmud, one of the organisers of the War of Liberation Sirajul Alam Khan, Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP’s father publisher and editor of now-defunct daily Ajker Kagoj Kazi Shahid Ahmed, Ekushey Award winner poet Mohammad Rafiq, State Minister for Social Welfare Md. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru’s wife Kamrunnesa Ashraf Dina, Kaniz Fatema Ahmed MP’s father Kamal Uddin Ahmed Khan and Independence Award recipient, agricultural scientist and inventor of Kazi Guava Kazi M Badruddoja.
Among others, deputy Leader of the House Begum Matia Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Oashiqua Ayesha Khan, State Minister for ICT Division Junaid Ahmed Palak, Sajjadur Rahman, Shafiqul Islam Shimul, Ashraf Ali Khan Khosru, Abdul Aziz, Mashiur Rahman Ranga spoke on the condolence motion.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the motion in the House in the beginning of the session that was passed unanimously. A one minute silence was observed and a munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls. Hafez Ruhul Amin Madani, MP, of Mymensingh-7 conducted the munajat.