Dhaka – Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has alerted her deputies against intra-party feuds to ensure victory in the general elections slated for later part of next year.
Hasina, now in an official visit to France, came up with the warning Tuesday while addressing a gathering of expatriated Bangladeshis as she believes victory for her ruling Awami League party in the parliamentary polls are sure.
“We’ll win in the next elections as people are in our favour … they’re ready to give us vote. So, we’ve to remain careful so that none can hatch any conspiracy over the polls,” she told the reception organised by France chapter of Awami League at Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand.
Hasina left Dhaka for Paris on Monday to attend the One Planet Summit at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Unity at all levels of the party should be established through sacrifice, she told her activists adding that division among leaders may create a scope for conspirators.
“We will be re-elected Insh Allah (God willing) and the pace of development of Bangladesh will continue,” the Prime Minister was quoted to have said by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh Ambassador to France Kazi Imtiaz Hossain were present, while League leaders from different European countries joined the reception.
Hasina urged everyone to remain alert so that evil force, which pushed Bangladesh backward after the 1975 assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and rehabilitated the anti- liberation forces, can never raise their heads again.
“Everybody has to raise their voice against the evil forces responsible for resorting to a reign of terror, killing and corruption,” she said adding that the resumption of the defeated forces in state power to create yet another setback to the nation.
She also called on the expatriated Bangladeshis to remain alert against those forces and work in a way that glorify Bangladesh in other countries.
The country was ruled by the anti-liberation forces for 30 out of 46 years of independence. “The people of Bangladesh get the real taste of development when Awami League assumed power in 1996,” she said.
Hasina castigated Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former prime minister Khaleda Zia saying that the party had rehabilitated the defeated forces and introduced “curfew democracy” in Bangladesh instead what it called multi-party democracy.
The BNP has distorted the country’s history depriving the new generation of knowing the national historical facts, she said. “They banned playing of Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 speech, “she adding that the UNESCO recognised the speech, enlisting it as one of world’s documentary heritages brightening the image of Bangladesh.
Hasina said Bangladesh would have been a developed country within 10 years of independence had Bangabandhu been alive.
Hasina recalled the roles by expatriate Bangladeshis and said the first meeting demanding the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu was held in Sweden where Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana was present.
“Expatriated nationals always played an important role in liberating Bangladesh, establishing democracy and keeping the country’s economy wheel vibrant, she said referring to the supports she obtained to establish democracy during the military-backed government in 2007-08.