Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that she had to take ‘insults’, all of which for ‘the sake of the nation’ while speaking on the telephone with Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia.
She said the nation needed to listen to the conversation in its entirety.
“It’s a matter of great regret that the Opposition Leader didn’t call off the strike despite my requests,” the Awami League chief said at a party meeting in Ganabhaban on Wednesday.
“She [Khaleda] didn’t withdraw the strike in response to my call. What did she get from lives lost [during the strike]?”
The two leaders spoke on Saturday, a day after Khaleda called a 60-hour strike if the government did not move for dialogues on the next two days.
Hasina invited Khaleda for dinner at the Ganabhaban, but the BNP chief rejected it saying that she can only go after the strike ended.
The 37-minute conversation between the arch political rivals was replete with heated exchanges.
The leak of the conversation’s audio tape in the media has created a furore. The BNP has held the government responsible for the leak – an allegation the Information Minister has denied.
“The BNP gives a lot of things to newspapers. So, the whole thing should be given. The nation needs to listen. I was not up for quarrelling,” Hasina said.
The Prime Minister also said she had all the answers to Khaleda’s allegations. “I was looking for compromise. But she didn’t agree.”
The Opposition-sponsored movement’s sole aim was to safeguard the war criminals, said Hasina.”The trials have begun. We will finish it.”
The meeting discussed preparations for a party rally on Nov 3 in observance of the Jail- Killing Day.
The Awami League chief also congratulated the Bangladesh cricket team on Tuesday’s victory against New Zealand.
“Good news does come amid all the woes.”-bdnews24.com