PM slams BNP, Khaleda for complaining to foreign guests

PM slams BNP, Khaleda for complaining to foreign guests

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Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday blasted BNP and its chairperson for what she said making a complaint to foreign guests that there is no democracy in the country, UNB news agency reported.
“I doubt whether she (Khaleda Zia) can define democracy,” she said in her introductory speech at the AL national Committee meeting held at her official residence Ganobhaban.Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said it is very much regretful that those who had patronised and awarded the war criminals and killers of Bangabandhu involved in vote rigging are now giving lessons about democracy.
The Prime Minister said BNP had come to power illegally and curbed the voting power of people. “Being rejected by people and having nowhere to go, BNP is now engaged in complaining to foreign guests whoever comes.”
Hasina said people are now enjoying food security, their lifestyle is improving, their purchasing capacity is increasing and the country’s infrastructures are developing due to the availability of their democratic rights. “Even we’re constructing the Padma Bridge with our own resources,” she said.
The Prime Minister also strongly said the patrons of war criminals who had played with the fate of people, killed people in the name of movement, looted the wealth of people must face trial on the soil of this country. “It’ll be of no use, no matter how much they cry to foreigners,” she said.
Hasina said she thinks that the trial of those who betrayed with the people of this country by making war criminals ministers should be held. “People have rejected those who have stolen the money of orphans, involved in money-laundering and killing.
After the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975, Hasina said, military dictator Zia had illegally captured the state power violating army rules and the country’s constitution.
“He made collaborators of the occupation forces ministers, MPs and advisers who had committed genocide and war crimes killing people, raping women, looting property and making arson attacks on houses during the Liberation War.”
On the other hand, she said, Khaleda made partners of her government those who had committed crimes against humanity in 1971 and handed them the bloodstained National Flag and thus committed treacherous acts.
Describing various development strides of the Bangabandhu government soon after the independence to build the war-ravaged country, Hasina said Bangladesh could have become a developed, prosperous and dignified country much before had the Father of the Nation been alive.
Elaborating the background of her coming to power in 1996 after long 21 years through her election as the party President in 1981, she said her government implemented massive development projects on socioeconomic front.
Though once the country was called as a very poor one, Bangladesh has now reached a dignified position in terms of economic development due to massive successes of her government.
Noting that Bangladesh has set an example in poverty reduction, Hasina said foreigners now want to know how Bangladesh achieved such a stunning success. “Alongside all this, our Digital Bangladesh drive is now a reality,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also mentioned the just-concluded visit of Chinese President XI Jinping to Bangladesh and said it was very successful.

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