Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party of undermining the country’s justice system by threatening mass movement following the party chief’s conviction in a graft case.
Hasina, also the chief of the ruling Awami League party, came up with the allegation while addressing a crowd in south-eastern district of Chittagong on Wednesday.
“People do not side with the corrupts,” she told the gathering of tens of thousands of people at Potiya Government College Ground referring to the conviction and punishment of her arch political rival Khaleda Zia over misappropriation of funds meant for orphans.
Khaleda, head of the BNP and a former prime minister, was sentenced to five years in prison for the embezzlement. She has been in Dhaka Central Jail since February 8. But her party says the case was politically motivated.
In response, the Prime Minister, said the case was lodged by the Anti-Corruption Commission during the previous caretaker administration and the court passed the judgement in due course of time.
Hasina said the BNP snatched public property and embezzled orphans’ money on one hand and now threatens a campaign against the court verdict.
“People are neither with any corrupt person nor they support terrorism and militancy either,” she told the rally organised jointly by the Chittagong city and north and south districts.
The BNP tarnished Bangladesh’s image turning it into a country of terrorism, militancy, she said adding that a huge quantum of weapons were hauled during its tenure with involvement of Khaleda’s son Tarique Zia in the illegal arms trading.
They also siphoned off money abroad and it was unearthed in the USA and Singapore courts, she said.
“We brought back that money and returned it to the people who actually own it. . . (Now) there is no room for corruption, terrorism and militancy on the soil of Bangladesh,” she said.
Hasina urged the people to cast vote for her party in the next election to help continue the ongoing development.
She listed various steps that her government undertook for the development of the country.