Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hopes for assuming office yet another term as her Awami League-led coalition government contributed a lot to improve life of the common people in Bangladesh over the past years.
“People will elect Awami League again to continue the pace of development as they are enjoying the benefit of the ongoing progress and economic prosperity,” Hasina told leaders of her party and its associate bodies.
The leaders thronged to the Prime Minister’s official Ganabhaban residence to greet her marking the 9th anniversary of her release from confinement of the military-backed caretaker government in 2008.
She was arrested from her Sudhasadan residence at Dhanmondi on July 16 in 2007 during the military-backed government of Fakhnruddin Ahmed,who assumed power on January 11, 2007 in the aftermath of a political turmoil between the then opposition Awami League and ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League party, castigated her political rival Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister and the chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, for plundering public fund when the BNP was in office.
“But it’s true that they (BNP) could do nothing for changing the lots of the people. They only have made their own fortunes, plundering public money and resorting to reign of terror,” she said.
Describing her suffering during the army-backed administration, Hasina said that she was implicated in a number of false cases. The military government tried to prevent her from returning to home from abroad, she recalled.
She said the then government asked all airlines not to carry her as she booked air tickets with British Airways from USA to Dhaka.
“The government also warned Awami League leaders and workers not to go to the airport to receive me,” Hasina said adding that the caretaker administration finally bowed to public desire, allowing her to come to home.
Being failed to keep her in abeyance from the people, the caretaker government confined her aimed at clinging to power, she said. But mass upsurge put pressure on the government eventually set her free from the confinement.
The Awami League since its inception was going through many ups and downs and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman earned independence for the nation amid huge sufferings and sacrifice, she added.
Pointing out the destructive politics of BNP from 2013 to 2015, the Prime Minister said in three month in 2015 they snatched peace from public life.
They burnt about 3,000 people, killed nearly 500 people. Khaleda Zia wanted to go to power through terrorizing people and burning people alive.
But, angry people chased her from the party office in Gulshan from where she was conducting the politics of vengeance, she said.
Hasina said BNP had made Bangladesh champion in corruption for five times consecutively. Now the country is a role model of development.
Bangladesh gets honour when Awami League remains in power, she said adding that the country would graduate to middle-income nation by 2021.