Government Policy

Stay alert so killers can’t come to power: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the countrymen to stay alert so perpetrators of crimes like burning people to death, laundering money and embezzling orphans' funds can never come to power .

"All will have to remain vigilant so that Al-Badr, Razakar, war criminals, killers, money launderers and embezzlers of orphans' money cannot come to power again ... such misdeeds will take place again if they can grab power," she said.

Sheikh Hasina, the Awami League president, asserted that her party won't allow anybody to play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people.

She was addressing a reception accorded to her on her reelection as the AL chief. Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) hosted the reception at the lawn of Ganabhaban, the official residence of the PM, here this afternoon.

BCL President Saifur Rahman Sohag and General Secretary SM Zakir Hossain spoke at the function.

AL Advisory Council Member Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Organizing Secretary Enamul Haque Shamim, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and Special Assistant Mahbubul Hoque Shakil, among others, were present.

Pointing out siphoning off money by Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman, sons of Begum Khaleda Zia, the prime minister said that they have laundered money abroad and it has been proved in the US Federal Court and Singaporean Court.

"They have laundered money, it is not our word, it has been proved in US Federal Court and Singaporean Court ... we have brought back some of the money, but could not bring the entire money," she said.

Referring to mindless violence and rampage unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat nexus before and after the last general elections as well as in 2015, Sheikh Hasina said they have killed countless people by burning.

"The school going girls, the pregnant women, bus and CNG drivers -- none were spared from their arson attacks," she said.

The prime minister said that by declaring movement, Khaleda Zia confined herself to her Gulshan office. "The BNP chief ate Biriyani by staying at the office for 92 days, while her party cadres killed innocent people through arson attacks," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said nobody gave any response to the movement of burning people, adding the countrymen would never listen to the order of those who killed people and stole orphans' money.

In this connection, the AL chief thanked the leaders and workers of her party and associate bodies including Chhatra League as well as the common people for resisting the BNP-Jamaat movement.

"Khaleda Zia was compelled to return to her residence and appear before (Bakshibazar) court after rubbing her nose with the earth... after such a huge defeat in the movement, tall talk in their mouth does not match," she said.

Calling upon the Chhatra League leaders and workers to build themselves as patriotic and ideal citizens, Sheikh Hasina said they must be dutiful towards the country and nation.

She also urged them not to lead a luxurious life, saying the firmness of character and honesty doesn't prevail "if you always look upward."

"Your thinking should not be what you gained and what didn't... rather you should think what you give to the people and country," she said.

The premier also asked the BCL leaders and workers to be more attentive to their study and said there is no need to elaborate what could be the consequences if an illiterate person comes to power.

The AL chief also directed the BCL leaders to make literate those who remain illiterate and work so that no boys and girls get involved in terrorism and militancy and addicted to drug.

Vowing afresh that there won't be any place of terrorism and militancy, the prime minister said, "You will have to be vigilant so that boys and girls don't go to the wrong path."

Sheikh Hasina said public representatives, guardians, teachers and religious leaders have been engaged as part of her government's campaign against terrorism and militancy.

"They will have to convince the derailed elements that Islam is a religion of peace and none could enter haven by killing innocent people," she said.

Mentioning that her government's main aim is to build a future generation with modern knowledge and technology to establish Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous nation, Sheikh Hasina said her government has given highest priority to education.

Sheikh Hasina also vowed to establish Bangladesh as a middle income nation by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. "We have firm belief that we could achieve the goal," she said.

She asked the BCL leaders to supplement the government strides to prepare a list of homeless and distressed persons.

In her about 45-minute speech, Sheikh Hasina also highlighted her government's success in increasing GDP growth rate to 7.11 percent, bringing down poverty rate to 12.4 percent and drastic reduction of maternal and child death rate.

At the middle of her speech, the prime minister wanted to finish it because of rain. But at the request of the BCL leaders and workers she continued her speech.

Then the BCL leaders and workers listened to her speech very attentively despite the rain.

Later, the BCL leaders greeted the Awami League chief by presenting a flower bouquet. Besides, the leaders of Tungipara and Kotalipara, the parliamentary constituency of the premier, greeted her with flower bouquets.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)