Militancy, graft to come back with BNP's return: PM

Militancy, graft to come back with BNP’s return: PM


Ishwardi  – Accusing her arch rival BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia of attempting to kill her time and again through grenade attacks and bomb
attacks, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Khaleda has only two qualities — indulging in graft and killing.
 “I know you (Khaleda) don’t want my existence….don’t want me to see in power,” Hasina said referring to grenade attacks on Awami League
rally on August 21, 2004 that killed many, including AL leader Ivy Rahman.
The Prime Minister was addressing a mammoth public rally at the ground of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (1st Phase) project at Ishwardi.
Sheikh Hasina alleged that terrorism and militancy engulf the country whenever BNP-Jamaat returns to power as ‘BNP-Jamaat means terrorism
and militancy’.
She said Awami League believes in development while BNP-Jamaat believes in looting public money.  “BNP’s return to power will only
escalate corruption as it even looted orphans’ money,” Hasina claimed.
Describing her government’s development activities, the premier said Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project was supposed to be in place in the
late 60s. “But, we unveiled the project today.”
Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, highlighted her government’s achievements in health, education, food security,
uprooting militancy and terrorism from the country.
The AL chief sought votes again for ‘Boat’, the election symbol of her party, and expressed her gratitude to the people of Pabna for
electing five AL candidates in the last national election.
“We’ve curbed terrorism in the country as well as corruption. So, we seek votes for Boat in the next election,” she said urging the huge
gathering to respond by raising their hands. The audience also responded to the PM’s call accordingly.
The Prime Minister said that the country’s people would vote for AL because it had implemented massive development activities during its
tenure in various fields, including construction and maintenance of over 21,000 kilometers roads, 4,507 bridges, 13,771 culverts, free
distribution of textbooks up to secondary level, providing community healthcare services and providing stipend to some 1.19 crore students.
“There’s nothing for me to want for myself. What I only want is to bring back smile to the faces of people, remove poverty and ensure a
bettering life for all. I seek your blessings,” she told her audience.
In a scathing attack on the opposition leader, Hasina said that Khaleda Zia is the patron of killers as she had made Rashid and Huda,
the killers of Bangabandhu, member of parliaments in the controversial February 15, 1996 election through vote rigging.
“She (Khaleda) doesn’t want me and I came to know about it several times as there was also bomb attack attempt in Kotalipara where I got
saved by the grace of the Almighty Allah. There’s no doubt that she patronises the killers ……she wants to snatch the food from the mouths
of the common people.”
The Prime Minister also came down heavily on the opposition leader for celebrating August 15 as her birthday when the nation mourns the
killing of Bangabandhu and his family members with a heavy heart.
Referring to the unbridled corruption and money laundering committed by the opposition leader and her two sons, Hasina said that the BNP
chairperson had amassed wealth through corruption and then whitened it paying fine. “The BNP leader had also snatched food from the mouths of
the orphans.”
Accusing Khaleda Zia of instigating the BNP-Jamaat-Shibir and Hefajat cadres for conducting mayhem on May 5 during the Hefajat-e-Islam’s
Dhaka siege programme through burning the copies of holy Quran and cutting down trees, the premier said, “They (Hefajat) do politics
through burning Quran  in the name of Islam.”
Urging the countrymen not to get confused by false propaganda of the BNP-Jamaat-Hefajat and the opposition leader, Hasina claimed that no
one except Awami League worked for the spread of Islam in the country as Bangabandhu had established Islamic Foundation, given land in Tongi
for Biswa Ijtema, banned gambling and liquor.
The Prime Minister also said that if her party is voted to power again, one school and one college would be nationalised in each
upazila as the government has been making a list to this end. “We give highest importance to education and want to ensure standard science
and technology-based education for the posterity.
She also expressed her firm resolve that Bangladesh would be able to turn itself into a developed and prosperous nation by 2021.
Chaired by Pabna district Awami League president Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu, MP, the rally was addressed, among others, by Planning
Minister AK Khandkar, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, AL Presidium Member Mohammad Nasim, AL Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam
Hanif, State Minister for Home Adv Shamsul Haque Tuku,  Shahriar Alam, MP, Golam Faruk Khandakar Prince, MP, Maqbul Hossain, MP, former
student leader SM Kamal Hossain, AL organising secretary  Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, Privatisation Commission Chairman Dr Mirza Abdul
Jalil. – UNB


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