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Thu, Dec 05, 2019 1:01

PM urges nation to stay alert against arsonists return

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday  urged the nation to stay alert so the “looters and arsonists” could not grab the state power again as she addressed Awami League’s National Committee ahead of the party’s national council later this month.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday  urged the nation to stay alert so the “looters and arsonists” could not grab the state power again as she addressed Awami League’s National Committee ahead of the party’s national council later this month.

“This is my call to the nation,” she said as members of Awami League Advisory Council, Central Working Committee, presidents and general secretaries of its organizational districts rallied at her official Ganabhaban residence in the afternoon.

Sheikh Hasina added the arsonists and grenade attackers, looters of orphans’ money, interest mongers and bribe-takers must not be allowed to come to power again.

She said the country always moved forward when Awami League was in office and urged all to review what the nation actually achieved when others like Ziaur Rahman and his wife Khaleda Zia were in the helm of affairs.

“The country had rather turned into a land of terrorism, militancy, corruption, and famine whenever BNP was in power,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina also described now imprisoned BNP chief and ex-premier Khaleda Zia as the “godfather of terrorism” referring to the protracted nationwide violent street campaigns spearheaded by the party and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami in 2014 and 2015.

“No terrorism could be as worse than indiscriminate killing of innocent people through arson attacks,” she said recalling that as many as 500 people including policemen were killed and over 3,000 were injured in those attacks.

Reiterating her firm commitment to conduct the ongoing drive against terrorism, Sheikh Hasina said the drive against terrorism must be continued to reap the benefits of massive development carried out by her government.

The BNP chief and Tarique Rahman were involved in looting money, the premier said bitterly criticising Khaleda Zia for plundering money of orphans, adding they patronised the acts of terrorism and corruption.

“Khaleda Zia herself and her son embezzled money of orphans,” she said. adding that they did not want the welfare of the people as Khaleda Zia after assuming office made their fortunes through misuse of power.

Referring to the BNP’s movement in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the premier said they burnt people to death carrying out attacks on buses, launches and trains to foil the parliamentary polls, as they knew that the people will not vote for them.

“BNP knows that they will not come to the power as per the forecast of foreign surveys. So, they did business with giving nomination to three people against each constituency in the name of taking part in the national election of 2018,” she said.

The AL president also mentioned that BNP after assuming office in 2001 ran countrywide mayhem.

Awami League Advisory Council Members – Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Amir Hossain Amu, MP, and Tofail Ahmed, MP, it’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader, it’s Presidium Members – Begum Matia Chowdhury, MP, Mohammad Nasim, MP, Kazi Zafar Ullah, Nurul Islam Nahid, MP, Dr Md Abdur Razzak, MP, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Muhammad Faruq Khan MP, Ramesh Chandra Sen, MP, Adv. Sahara Khatun, MP, Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Adv. Abdul Mannan Khan, and Adv. Abdul Matin Khasru, MP, and Senior Executive Member Abul Hasnat Abdullah, MP, among others, were present on the dais.

The other senior leaders of the Awami League and district committees were also present on the occasion.

Mentioning that the ruling Awami League doesn’t believe in the politics of vengeance, the premier said Khaleda Zia is in jail for embezzling money of orphans and the caretaker government had lodged the case.