Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday alleged that BNP chief Khaleda Zia with her vow to hold election without Hasina has demonstrated that she is conspiring again to kill her through an attack like the August 21 one.
“What Khaleda Zia is trying to say through holding election without Sheikh Hasina? It’s my question. Is she conspiring again to kill me through grenade attack or any other means like August 21,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, was delivering her introductory speech at the AL Central Working Committee meeting held at her official residence Ganobhaban in the evening. The Prime Minister chaired the meeting.
She alleged that Khaleda is hatching a new conspiracy as she has no other way-out. “She always looks for the lone path.”
Hasina also referred to the attempt of killing her through planting two powerful bombs at Kotalipara in Gopalganj. “They (BNP) don’t understand any other thing, except conspiracy.”
The Prime Minister said although the BNP and Jamaat made attempts time and again to kill her, it was Almighty Allah who always saved her. “Almighty Allah gave me a new life with more responsibility. So, as long as my task remains unfinished, I believe Allah will safeguard me.”
Sheikh Hasina alleged that before the August 21 grenade attack, the BNP chief and other BNP leaders used to say that Sheikh Hasina would go to her father’s path.
She said even Khaleda Zia by saying that Sheikh Hasina would never become Prime Minister or opposition leader wanted to indicate that there would no existence of Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister said there is a need for the continuation of democracy in the country for ensuring socio-economic development.
Referring to her government’s Vision 2021 and the Vision 2041, Hasina said that no such party could deliver such specific proposal in the past.
“Now, many (BNP) is following us and I’m happy to know it, even they had to acknowledge that Bangladesh would become a middle-income country. But, I would have been happier if they (BNP) had uttered the name of AL in this regard,” she added.
Regarding the upcoming national council of Awami League to be held this March, the Prime Minister hinted that the date of the council would be adjusted considering the countrywide ensuing Union Parishad polls as the grassroots leaders would remain busy with this election.
At the very beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister with profound respect recalled the contributions of former President and AL general secretary Zillur Rahman marking his 3rd death anniversary.
Hasina said had Zillur Rahman not taken a strong stance after the 1/11 changeover, there was doubt whether democracy would have been restored in the country.
AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam and other AL central working committee members attended the meeting. – UNB