Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina said no one would be able to undermine Bangladesh as the country has demonstrated its strength by going for implementing its gigantic Padma Bridge project with own fund.
“Bangladesh has achieved its independence under the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu’s leadership…we want no one to neglect the Bengali Nation. Nobody, I think, will be able to undermine this nation as we’ve taught [them] a lesson over the Padma Bridge project …we’ve shown we can deliver,” Sheikh Hasina made the comments while addressing a function after handing over the Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award-1420 to some 28 individuals and four organisations at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city on Thursday.
The PM extended her heartfelt thanks to the people of the country in this regard for standing beside her when she had announced for building the much-hyped dream bridge with own fund after the false allegation of corruption.
“The overwhelming response that my government had received at that time from people boosted my morale,” she added.
The Ministry of Agriculture organised the function with Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury in the chair. Fisheries and Livestock Minister Mohammad Sayedul Haque was present as a special guest.
Bdnews24.com adds: Sheikh Hasina has said no-one will ever dare to neglect Bangladesh after the Padma Bridge ‘lesson’ when her government ran into a tussle with the World Bank (WB).
She was referring to her government’s bold decision to fund the infrastructure project with domestic resources after the WB had refused to finance it.
At a programme in Dhaka on Thursday, she said Bangladesh would never bow down before anyone.
“No-one should ever try to neglect Bengali race. I think nobody will dare to do that after the lesson they got in relation to Padma Bridge. We have proved that we can,” she said.
Bangladesh government and the WB had embroiled in a long tussle after the global lending agency stopped financing the Padma Bridge project alleging ‘high-level’ corruption.
Bangladesh later withdrew the funding request and decided to fund the project with its own money.
This is the biggest self-financed infrastructure project undertaken by Bangladesh government, according to agencies. – DH