Describing BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami as the parties of looters and terrorists, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the country will again slip into darkness if such looters and terrorists return to power.
“We’ve started our journey towards light, but BNP-Jamaat alliance is trying to drag the country towards darkness,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, said this in her introductory speech at a meeting with the party’s grassroots leaders of Jessore, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Naogaon, Kurigram and Laxmipur at her official residence Ganobhaban.
The Awami League chief started holding meetings with the party field-level leaders to seek opinions about those who want to contest the next parliamentary polls with its tickets.
Presidents and general secretaries of district, thana, upazila and grade-I municipality units from the six districts joined the meeting.
Hasina said her government this time has started the trial of the war criminals and she sought votes from the countrymen in the next general election to complete the trial.
“You please cast your votes for Aawmi League for another term to establish Bangladesh as the developed and prosperous country,” she said asking the party grassroots leaders to carry out campaign in their respective areas.
Hasina said Awami League grassroots leaders always took the right decisions in all crisis moments.
“During the caretaker government when the idea of the so-called minus-two formula and reforms was spread across the country at that time, the grassroots leaders had taken a bold stance forcing the interim regime to hold the election,” she said.
In this connection, the premier said when senior leaders had failed to take the right decision at that time the grassroots ones rose to the occasion with their judicious decision. “The same had happened in AL’s historic 6-point demand and all the movements that followed,’ she said.
Talking about the long procedure of the 15th amendment, Hasina said a committee was formed on July 22, 2010 to amend the constitution and parliament amended the constitution on June 30, 2011.
“Those who frequently say that the amendment was done in a hurry, they’re very much wrong as the committee had been constituted in consultation with all the stakeholders,” she told her party leaders.
With the 15th amendment, democracy in the country has been strengthened, Hasina said adding, “We don’t want to see any unconstitutional and undemocratic government again running the state.”
Sheikh Hasina said that votes are the rights of people and they will vote whoever they like.
In this connection, the Awami League chief said in the recent elections to five city corporations, the government backed ‘honest’ candidates but they could not win. “We’ve nothing to say if people cast their votes ignoring the honest candidates.”
Hasina mentioned that the opposition is out to confuse people and asked the party leaders to make the voters aware against the opposition’s false propaganda. “I’ll request people not to get confused with the propaganda of the opposition,” she said.
Recalling the corruption and terrorism of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, the Prime Minister said that the alliance government had taken the country to the verge of destruction.
“They always try to create an anarchic situation for destroying peace and happiness of the country’s people,” she said.
Country to slip into darkness if BNP returns to power: PM