Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed a section of people for all complexities in the country and said this section always wanted to bring unconstitutional government in the country for their personal benefit.
She made the allegation in her introductory speech at the main meeting of the grassroots level Awami League leaders from seven districts aimed at finding the fittest persons for the next general elections.
The meeting was attended by the leaders of district, thana, upazila and first class municipality units of Dinajpur, Jamalpur, Rajbari, Manikganj, Lalmonirhat, Bhola and Gazipur.
Referring to various kinds of writings and criticisms from different quarters about the government during the next general election, Hasina said the continuation of democracy would have to be ensured and the election should be held as per the constitution.
“Why this class feels so much pain to see the constitutional continuation, strengthen democracy and run the country as per the Constitution,” she questioned.
The Awami League President said there are some people, who failed to form a political party, never win in the elections, never gain voters’ confidence and never has the courage to seek votes.
“But they’ve the strong desire to be in power; if there was martial law and illegal government in the country, they gained weight. That’s why they always wanted that kind of government from where they will get some benefit,” she said. “These people are behind all sorts of complexities in the country.”
Talking about the painful experience of the last army-backed caretaker government, Hasina that the last caretaker government came to power for three months, but did not budge from their position within that period.
Without mentioning any name, she said an eminent, internationally reputed jurist of the country gave the opinion that the caretaker government could remain in power till the ‘doomsday’. “We’ve to make sure that the country must not be in such position again and I will request the countrymen to remain alert about this.”
The Prime Minister again categorically said that the next general election will be held as per the Constitution and that is the aim of the government.
“We’ve to strengthen the democracy and ensure the continuation of the democracy. We want to make sure there will be no coup in the future as in the past and we have to start from a certain point.”
She also mentioned that the next election will be free and fair and the people will be able to cast their votes as they wished.
Hasina said the people in the last election gave the Awami League-led grand alliance the chance to put the democratic process of the country on a strong base and the government did exactly that by the 15th amendment.
She also mentioned that the election process will be continued in the country.
Briefly describing various development activities of the government, the PM said that when Awami League remains in power people gain confidence. “But when BNP comes to power, people is gripped with anxiety,” she said.
Awami League leaders Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Matia Chowdhury, Suranjit Sengupta, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Abdul Latif Siddiqui, Satish Chandra Roy, Sahara Khatun, Kazi Jafarullah and Nuh-Ul-Alam Lenin were present on the dais during the meeting.