Seikh Hasina the prime minister of Bangladesh

Monika Jaman
Published on Feb 22, 2023

Sheikh Hasina was born on September 28, 1947 in Tungi Para village of Gopalganj. He is the eldest of the five children of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangama Begum Fazila Tunnesa. In 1968, the famous nuclear scientist Dr. M. He was married to Wazed Mia.

Father of the nation Bangabandhu was killed in the fateful night of August 15, 1975, but he and his sister Sheikh Rehana survived because they were in West Germany at that time. Their two sisters had to spend the next 6 years in exile in London and Delhi.

In 1981, he was unanimously elected as the president of Awami League in his absence. Sheikh Hasina returned home on May 17 of that year. He was the first to raise his voice against the military rule of General Ershad. Under his leadership, the Awami League started the struggle to establish democracy in Bangladesh, which led to the fall of the dictatorial Ershad government in 1991.

Bangladesh Awami League emerged as the largest opposition party under his leadership in the 1991 general elections after the beginning of the journey of democracy in the country. As an opposition leader, he was always vocal against the misrule and anarchy of the BNP government. In the face of tireless agitation, the then BNP government was forced to dissolve the parliament and hold elections ahead of schedule.

Awami League won the general election held on 12th June 1996 and formed the government under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. One of the achievements of his government was the Hill Peace Treaty. This peace treaty was signed to stop the Pahari-Bengali bloody conflict that has been going on for ages. Another achievement of this government is the Ganga water sharing agreement signed with neighboring India.

In 2001, defeating Awami League in one of the most controversial blue pattern elections in the country's history. 4-party alliance of BNP-Jamaat formed the government and Sheikh Hasina was elected as the leader of the opposition for the second time.