Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday bashed a quarter for hatching conspiracies to oust the incumbent government.
“Why the Awami League led-government needs to be ousted? What is our fault? Where did we fail?” she posed the questions while addressing a meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.
“Zia had started holding farce elections and culture of vote-rigging. Awami League never stayed behind in terms of getting votes rather it was ahead in terms of voting percentage. Efforts were made to put AL behind. But we have gone forward despite various conspiracies,” she said.
“Some people are waiting for them to assume power. They have been unleashing propaganda against the country from abroad, it seems they (foreigners) will put them in power,” she said.
Mentioning that cantonment was the centre of power during the rule of Zia, Ershad and Khaleda, the premier said they had introduced a Pakistani style dictatorship.
Bashing Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Sheikh Hasina raised questions over BNP’s leadership as both of the leaders of BNP are convicted.
“Where is their (BNP) leadership?” she posed a question.
The Prime Minister also thanked the people for bringing Awami League into power by casting their vote in favour of her party.
“People cast their votes repeatedly and keep us in power for three consecutive terms. There has been a lot of development. The standard of living has been up. We want the democratic trend to be continued,” she said. Talking about the upcoming national triennial council session of the Awami League, Sheikh Hasina called upon party leaders to further strengthen the party.
“We have been holding party council sessions regularly. The time is approaching. We have some work to do before the next council session. We have materialized many promises outlined in the manifesto. We have to continue the ongoing pace of development,” she added.
“We will develop the country as our own and keep our head high,” she said.
Appreciating the efforts of the road transport and bridges minister for making the Eid journey comfortable, the premier said people went to the village home and celebrated Eid, increasing the supply of money in the village.
“The transportation system in villages is getting better. We are making efforts to develop the country from the grassroots. We are trying to strengthen the rural economy,” she said.
Mentioning that they have been working in line with eliminating landless and homeless people from the country, the premier said they have a plan to provide some 34,000 new houses in July.
“We have already handed over houses to some 33,000 people. Some 34,000 new houses will be handed over next July. None will be homeless after giving homes to the remaining 45,000 people,” she said.
Earlier, leaders of the AL greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she returned country on the day in 2007 after taking treatment from abroad by ignoring the barriers of the then Army backed caretaker government.