Seeking vote for Awami League in the next general election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said BNP’s return to power means destruction of the country.
“BNP’s return to power means destroying the country, burning people to death, indulging in corruption, plundering and terrorism, and creating militancy,” she said while addressing a public rally in the district town.
Awami League’s Thakurgaon district unit arranged the rally at Thakurgaon Government Boys’ High School ground in the town.
Mentioning that the national election will be held in December 2018, the Prime Minister said, “If you vote for Boat, we’ll present you a Sonar Bangla with continued development.”
The PM further said, “The symbol of boat means your development and peace. It’ll provide you improved lifestyle.”
Criticising BNP leaders, Sheikh Hasina said Khaleda Zia’s two sons looted Tk 980.20 crore from banks, but did not pay back asingle penny.
Talking about the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, she questioned why BNP is now waging a movement against the court verdict.“The court has passed the verdict. Today, she’s a convict. The fund for orphans had been plundered. Why’s the movement for? In the Holy Quran, Allah also keeps a provision for punishment if the orphans are not given their dues (Haq),” she said.
The Prime Minister said the fund came for orphans in 1991, but Khaleda Zia embezzled the whole amount without giving a single penny to the beneficiaries.
Coming down hard on BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, she said he is spreading falsehood throughout the day daily. “His throat has swollen for talking the whole day. He needs to receive treatment again and again.”
“There should be a limit of spreading falsehood. Allah will also be displeased if anyone spreads falsehood the whole day,” she added.
The Prime Minister said Fakhrul was State Minister for the Civil Aviation during the BNP regime from 2001 to 2006 when he destroyed Biman. “They can destroy but can’t create anything. They can plunder people’s property, but can’t give them anything.”
She continued, “He (Fakhrul) is a man of your area, but he shut down Saidpur Airport in Nilphamari when he was the state minister.”
Coming to power in 2008, the Awami League government reopened the Saidupur, Rajshahi and Barisal airports, purchased eight aircraft and the process is on to procure two more, Hasina said.
In her 36-minute speech, she focused on various development activities of the government. “We want to develop the country and change the people’s fate,” she said, adding that no one will remain homeless and hungry in the country.
At the rally, the Prime Minister announced to establish a university, a special economic zone, an IT park, a new police station and a hostel for professional women in Thakurgaon.
She also made some other promises, including providing an inter-city train, for the people of the district.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated 33 development projects and laid the foundation stones of 33 others.
AL district unit president AlhajDabirul Islam MP presided over the rally.
Sheikh Hasina last visited Thakurgaon on September 18, 2001.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Brides Minister ObaidulQuader, MP, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, MP, AL presidium member Ramesh Chandra Sen, MP, AL joint general secretaries MahbubulAlam, MP and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, AL organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury MP, among others, addressed the rally.