Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders to remain in democratic exercise shunning the path of making tricks in the name of politics.
Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League party, made the call addressing a discussion marking the 45th anniversary of Bangladesh’s victory in the liberation war against Pakistan.
She accused BNP of grabbing power in treacherous methods and asked the party leaders to exercise democratic values keeping faith on people’s will.
“I would like to tell if you believe in democracy, then practise democracy instead of playing tricks to grab state power,” Hasina said pointing BNP chief and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
The Awami League arranged the discussion at Krishibid Institution Auditorium in Dhaka.
Hasina said the BNP was making an effort expecting someone to install them in power while “they (BNP) would be seated on a nagordola (merry-go-round)”.
“But none would come with that merry-go-round and won’t install them in power . . . their hopes are far long ones,” she was quoted to have said by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
The quarters from where BNP expected the favour by now understood their ploy and “they won’t respond to the BNP call”.
“BNP had earlier sought help from them, but they didn’t come,” she said.
Talking on the BNP’s recent proposal on election commission reconstitution, Hasina said the President invited them for discussion and “the honourable President will take a decision in this regard after discussion with all political parties”.
But she said the current pace of development initiated by the Awami League government frightened BNP and they also “know it well that the people of the country won’t cast vote them to power due to their past misdeeds”.
“Why the people would cast vote for BNP which was defeated in both elections and movement? Why the people would give vote to those who didn’t give anything except consignment of truckloads of arms, corruption and smuggling,” she said.
Hasina recalled the mayhem and rampage the BNP-Jamaat nexus unleashed in 2013 and 2014 and in the first three months of 2015 to foil the January 5 polls and unseat the government, the prime minister called upon the people not to forget the BNP-Jamaat atrocities at that time.
The BNP-Jamaat clique burnt over 150 people to death and torched 582 schools by turning the entire country into hell, she said asking people not to forget those acts by the BNP-Jamaat men in the name of politics.