Khaleda only knows to make money, she says
Ukhia (Cox’s Bazar): Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina here on Tuesday sought votes for ‘Boat’ from the countrymen to give her party another chance to complete the unfinished tasks of her government and also to carry on its efforts to lead the country towards prosperity.
“I’ seek your votes for ‘Boat’ in the next election and you please commit me. Vote for us so that we can finish the incomplete development activities as well as accomplish more development activities and thus turn Bangladesh into a hunger- and poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangla’ by 2021 as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.
Hasina was addressing a mammoth public rally at Ukhia High School Ground in the afternoon. Organized by the local Awami League, thousands of people joined the rally carrying placards, festoons and party symbol 'boat' braving rains.
Chaired by Ukhia Upazila AL president Adil Uddin Chowdhury, the rally was addressed by local MP Abdur Rahman Badi and Ethin Rakhain, MP.
Home Minister Dr Mohiudin Khan Alamgir, Industries Minister Dilip Barua and Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud were also present.
Criticising the ‘Tetul Theory’ of Hefajat-e-Islam Ameer Allama Ahmed Shafi that the women should not work outside and cannot work in garment factories and study beyond class four, Hasina questioned whether the opposition leader is the ‘Tetul’ of Hefajat ameer’s ‘Tetul Theory’.
“If anyone sees Tetul, his tongue fills with water. Perhaps his (Ahmed Shafi) tongue also fills with water whenever he sees the opposition leader as she always remains well-dressed and wears thin sarees.”
In this connection, the Prime Minister reminded the Hefajat Ameer that Bibi Khadiza was the first woman to accept Islam while Bibi Sumaiya the first woman to embrace martyrdom. “They’re (Hefajat) trying to stop the education of the country’s women by introducing such theories.”
Turning to the unsuccessful bid of the opposition leader in her matriculation examination, she said Khaleda Zia failed in all of the subjects except ‘Urdu’ and ‘mathematics’ as she knows very well how to make money, knows very well to amass black money through corruption.
Blasting the opposition leader for issuing the 48-hour ultimatum in May this year to oust the government, Hasina alleged that the Hefajat-Islam men then called their Dhaka siege programme on May 5 and burned hundreds of copies of holy Qurans on that night.
“I don’t know how a Muslim could set fire to holy Quran? Those Jamaat-Shibir-Hefajat-BNP cadres hurt our religion through setting fire to hundreds of copies of Quran…..they talk about safeguarding Islam. Could there be any more disgraceful thing than this?” she questioned further.
In this regard, the Prime Minister claimed that her party has always been very much active in protecting and safeguarding Islam as she mentioned that Bangabandhu first established Islamic Foundation in the country for spreading the values of Islam.
Reiterating her firm stance against terrorism and militancy, she said her government has curbed terrorism and militancy with an iron hand.
Referring to the maritime boundary verdict over Myanmar, Hasina also expressed her strong hope to win the case against India in 2014 if voted to power again.
Turning to the attacks by fanatics on pagodas and houses of the Buddhist community on September 29 and 30 last year, she thanked the local party leaders along with the administration, police, Rab and BGB members to tackle the situation after the incident.
“The people of all faiths -- Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists - would live in Bangladesh enjoying equal rights and observe their religion freely, and it’s also the lesson of our great Prophet (PBUH). Then why people of one faith would unleash attacks on the people of other faiths,” she said adding that Bangladesh is now a country of communal harmony.
Lambasting the opposition BNP-Jamaat alliance for their unbridled corruption during their tenure, the AL president alleged that they only assumed office to do business, but the AL always tries to build the country as a dignified nation.
Mentioning that the aim of her government is to develop the country as well as make it a prosperous one, she expressed her firm resolve to establish Bangladesh as a dignified nation at the global stage keeping its head high.
Recalling the tragic killing of Bangabandhu with most of his family members on August 15, 1975, emotion-choked Hasina said, “Enduring all the pains and grief, I do politics only to serve you (people) …to make the grieved people smile for fulfilling Bangabandhu’s dream.”
Earlier from the rally venue, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of a total number of 23 projects and rebuilt Buddhist monasteries and temples.
Hasina seeks vote for boat
Khaleda only knows to make money, she says