Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the election of two accused in cases of murder and arson as the chairperson and senior vice chairperson of BNP, terming the election as a drama in the name of democracy.
“One of them is accused in a case of embezzling orphans’ money and another is an absconding accused in cases of massacre in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack, money laundering and corruption, now on the list of Interpol,” she said.
“So, what will they give the people?” the prime minister asked, saying BNP has picked two leaders who are responsible for burning women, children and poor people alive and indiscriminate arson attack on buses, trains and other transports in the name of movement to foil election.
“People of Bangladesh never surrendered to the perpetrators of those arson attacks, rather they forged resistance against them, compelling them to withdraw blockade and go back home ending self-confinement in office,” she added.
The Prime Minister was addressing a big public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. The Bangladesh Awami League organized the rally marking the historic March 7, commemorating the historic speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, said Khaleda Zia and Tarique are responsible for burning as many as 250 people alive, injuring thousand others. Victims still come to her for support for their treatment, she said.
“Many of them, who were completely innocent, are passing their dreadful lives,” she said adding that “one day Khaleda Zia will have to answer for this and one day trial will be held on the soil of Bangla on charge of burning them.”
Senior presidium member of the party and Deputy Leader of the Jatiya Sangsad Syeda sajeda Chowdhury presided over the rally attended by party leaders and workers and front organizations in processions from across the city.
Party’s advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim and Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, joint secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dr. Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, general secretary of Dhaka city unit Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya spoke on the occasion. Publicity secretary of the party Dr Hasan Mahmud conducted the rally.
Highlighting the significance of March 7, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the spirit of the momentous speech which Bangabandhu delivered on this day in 1971 at Suhrawardy Udyan, are infusing inspiration into people for the last 45 years, which did not happen in case of any other deliberation.
People gathered here with sticks and oar to hear the directives of Bangabandhu, and they obeyed each and every word of his command to fight the enemy and liberate the country through a nine-month war.
Bangabandhu prepared the nation step by step for the independence and it was reflected in the speech, she said, describing the historic time. Bangabandhu was taken into custody soon after proclamation of independence on the black night of March 25, 1971.
Sheikh Hasina said killing of Bangabandhu is an unfortunate saga for the people of Bangladesh. Bangabandhu was assassinated at a time when he was making his endevour for reconstructing the war ravaged economy. Bangabandhu settled Bangladesh at a glorious position in the world though he ruled the country for only three and a half years, she said.
Terming the War of Liberation as a mass struggle, the prime minister said Bangabandhu had taken initiative for trial of the war criminals as per the aspiration of the people. The war criminals were barred from excising their voting rights in the constitution and many war criminals relinquished their citizenship.
But, Ziaur Rahman after taking power illegally in 1975 brought back the notorious war criminals to the country from Pakistan and many convicted war criminals were freed from jail. Trial of the war criminals was suspended and they were rehabilitated in politics.
Sheikh Hasina said as an independent nation Bangladesh would live keeping its head high. The country was not born to beg to others. She sought support of every section of people to achieve the goal and implement the ideology of the Liberation War. – BSS