Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said people will never give their mandate to anti-liberation forces, patrons of war criminals, corrupts and killers like BNP as they will drive the country from the path of development to destruction.
"The people of Bangladesh will never, ever cast their votes for these anti-liberation, corrupts, killers who killed people through arson attacks and patrons of war criminals. They will never be able to come to power …people won’t let them return [to power]," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a discussion programme organised by Awami League marking the Great Victory Day and Martyred Intellectual Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Sunday.
Hasina said those who want to develop the country and people’s fate, free the country from hunger and poverty will ever support those who had nurtured war criminals, made them ministers and killed innocent people through arson attacks.
"No, people must not support them… they’re looters… they had promoted war criminals and terrorists, eliminated the peace of people… they had driven the country from the path of development to destruction," she said.
The Prime Minister said the people of the country under the leadership of Bangabandhu and Awami League liberated the country. “The country is now marching forward. It’ll move on and emerge as the developed and prosperous one.”
"The people of the country are moving around the world with their heads high, InshAllah they will continue this, this is our today’s promise," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of Awami League, said the people of the country are reaping the fruits of the country’s independence that they earned through the blood of tens of thousands of martyrs.
"The benefits of the independence are reaching the people’s doorsteps…no one will be able to play ducks and drakes with the fate of Bangladesh…we won’t allow anyone to do that…this is our promise on the Victory Day," she said.
AL Advisory Council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, AL Presidium members Matia Chowdhury and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, son of martyred intellectual journalist Sirajuddin Hossain-Zahid Reza Nur, AL Liberation War Affairs Secretary MrinalKanti Das, AL Women Affairs Secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira, Dhaka North City AL general secretary Sadeq Khan and Dhaka South City AL General Secretary Shahe Alam Murad also took part in the discussion.
AL publicity secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam Amin conducted the discussion.
At the beginning of the discussion, a one-minute silence was observed in memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage, four national leaders and martyrs of the Liberation War.