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Zia, Ershad, Khaleda patronised, rehabilitated August 15 killers: PM

She urges all to be vocal against anti-govt propaganda

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday accused Ziaur Rahman, HM Ershad and Khaleda Zia of patronising and rehabilitating the perpetrators of the barbaric August 15 carnage.

“All of them (Ziaur Rahman, HM Ershad and Khaleda Zia) patronised those who killed Bangabandhu by staging August 15 carnage. They also rehabilitated the killers,” she said while addressing a meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee at her official residence Ganabhaban.  

Presiding over the meeting, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said she had been a target of Khaleda Zia for long.

“Once she (Khaleda) commented that I can never be elected as prime minister and not even as the leader of the opposition in the parliament. I will not be able to assume office in hundred years,” she said, adding that August 21 grenade attack was carried out by them just after such remarks by Khaleda Zia.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh earned a dignified position in the globe as her government is working for the welfare of the people.

“Development has reached everywhere in the country, including remote villages. People from all walks of life are now getting benefits of the development,” she added.  Calling upon all to become vocal against propaganda, the premier said despite massive development activities, some people are carrying out propaganda against the government at home and abroad.

“All have to remain alert to such activities of the perpetrators. All have to become vocal against such propaganda,” Sheikh Hasina said.

The premier said some people are holding meetings to unseat the incumbent Awami League-led government.

“People are the main source of Awami League’s strength. We are working for the betterment of the people and giving services to them,” she added.

Coming down heavily on Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders, the Awami League president said they (BNP leaders) are living a lavish lifestyle abroad by looting people’s wealth.

“What is the source of their income? In which hope, people of the country will vote for BNP?” she posed a question.

“Why people will vote for that party, which is run by a fugitive convicted person?”

Talking over the launch of a new political party led by former Gono Forum general secretary Reza Kibria, Sheikh Hasina said anyone can form a political party.

“There is nothing to oppose formation of a new political party. We believe in multi-party democracy,” she said.

The premier also alleged that some people don’t see any offence of the wrongdoers despite thousands of misdeeds carried out by them.

“They (critics) took side with the convicted corrupt persons, who laundered crores of taka abroad,” she said, adding they are even shedding crocodile tears for those convicted of embezzling orphan’s money.

AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, presidium members Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Faruk Khan, Piyush Kanti Bhattacharya, Shajahan Khan and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, among others, attended the meeting.