Dhaka – A day after a new political combine surfaced ahead of Bangladesh’s national election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday censured the political alliance calling it a ‘platform of killers and opportunists’.
Gana Forum president Kamal Hossain forged the new political combine along with Bangladesh Nationalist Party and few other political parties apparently to contest the parliamentary polls due by December this year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also the president of ruling Awami League party, criticized Kamal for the new alliance.
“Dr Kamal claims to be an advocate of truthfulness, but has joined hands with Tareq Zia, who has no acceptability to the people of Bangladesh,” she told a crowd of thousands of people organized by Shibchar Upazila unit of Awami League.
Hasina flew to Shariatpur to inaugurate a number of projects in connection with Padma Bridge.
She said Kamal Hossain forged an alliance with those who are responsible for killing people in arson attack, eating up orphans’ money, laundering money and corruption.
“Kamal Hossain speaks loud against corruption, terrorism and militancy. But he has formed alliance with two recognized militant and terror organizations- BNP and Jamaat,” she said adding that Kamal apparently accepted Tarique as his leader.
Tarique Rahman, now exiled in London, was convicted in the grisly grenade attacks on an Awami League rally that killed 24 people. Rahman was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the deadly attack carried out in 2004 when her mother, Khaleda Zia was prime minister.
“Was there no leader in BNP who is eligible to be the acting chairman of the party?” asked Hasina. She said Tarique is convicted in a money laundering case, the ten truck arms smuggling case, the grenade attack case of August 2004 and now staying abroad as a fugitive.
The prime minister said people of Bangladesh had given mandate to Awami League to form the government. In 2014, BNP and Jamaat killed hundreds of people in the name of movement to foil the election and they did the same in 2015 too.
Hasina said she had no doubt that BNP was involved in the carnage at BDR headquarters in Pilkhana in 2009. The behavior of Khaleda Zia after the incident clearly manifested her involvement with the mutiny. “And Jamaat is a fanatic party that kills people whenever it gets a chance,” she added.
In the last two elections people cast their votes for ‘boat’, election symbol of Awami League, as they could realize that the ‘boat’ means development, education and prosperity.
Hasina said Kamal and his associates never see the country’s progress. Bangladesh’s annual growth has now reached 7.86 percent making it as role model of development in the world. Bangladesh is progressing fast in every sector and has been recognized as a developing country by the UN.
“The whole world sees Bangladesh’s development. But they cannot see it… their development means corruption, terrorism, money laundering,” the she said.
Hasina, however, said she is not surprised with such behavior of Kamal as both Kamal Hossain and Tarique have made their black money white along with Khaleda Zia.
Deputy Leader of the Jatiya Sangsad Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, AL general secretary Obaidul Kader, party presidium members Matia Chowdhury and Faruq Khan, advisory council members Tofail Ahmed and Amir Hossain Amu, joint secretary Dipu Moni, organizing secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Noor-E-Alam Liton Chowdhury addressed the meeting, among others.
President of Shibchar Upazil unit AL Md Shamsuddin Khan presided the rally.