Criticising BNP leaders for their movement to have their party chief Khaleda Zia released, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said if their movement is for the thief who has landed in jail for plundering money.
“Today, BNP leaders are carrying out a movement. For what is this movement? Their leader has landed in jail for looting money. Is the movement for the thief?” she said while addressing a public rally at Rajshahi Government Alia Madrasah Maidan in the city.
“She (Khaleda) is enduring the punishment today as she couldn’t provide orphans the money to orphans that came for them in the last 27 years,” the Prime Minister said.
Where the orphanage is, how many orphans are there and have the orphans got a single penny? said Hasina adding that BNP could not answer to these questions.
Sheikh Hasina said the money was brought from abroad for setting up an orphanage in 1991, but they embezzled it resorting to anomalies.
“Looting and stealing are their characters. Bangladesh was the world champion in corruption index for five consecutive years when BNP was in power,” he said.
Seeking vote for ‘Boat’, the election symbol of Awami League, in the next parliamentary elections and upcoming elections to local bodies, the AL chief said her government is developing the country and this trend of development will continue. “We’ll make the country prosperous and free from hunger.”
Hasina said when AL comes to power, the country sees development, but BNP indulges in looting when it comes to power. “If anyone fails to contain greed of plundering orphans’ money, what will he or she do for the country?” she added.
Talking about Bangabandhu Memorial Trust fund, she said the caretaker government desperately searched for possible anomalies in the trust fund aiming to implicate her in the case, but it found nothing.
“Now you can think what welfare they can do, who can burn people to death,” Hasina said.
Describing various development works carried out by the AL government, the Prime Minister said her government’s main objectives are to carry out development programmes and ensure the welfare of people.
Referring to Bangla Bhai, the Rajshahi region was a sanctuary for terrorists, militants and Bangla Bhais, and one people could not sleep in peace when BNP-Jamaat was in power. “BNP-Jamaat clique had made Rajshahi a city of terrorism and created Bangla Bhai.”
She said though the AL-backed mayoral candidate was not elected in the last election to Rajshahi City Corporation in 2013, the government allocated huge funds for the development of the city, but the mayor failed to implement the development projects.
Observing that there is no Monga (famine) in the northern region anymore, she said her government removed the famine taking effective steps against it.
AL Rajshahi district and city units jointly arranged the rally with its city unit president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton in the chair.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister opened 20 development projects and laid the foundation stones of nine others by unveiling their plaques at the madrasah maidan in the city.