Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the 20-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia was a "carbuncle" (poisonous abscess) for the country and accused BNP founder Ziaur Rahman for having rewarded the enemies of country?s independence.
Addressing as Chief Guest at a rally organised in observance of the 42nd founding anniversary of Awami Jubo League, the youth front of the ruling party, at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital, Sheikh Hasina renewed her pledge to continue trial of war criminals and accused BNP led by Zia's widow Khaleda Zia for forging ties with anti-liberation Jamaat-e-Islami.
"The BNP-led 20-party alliance has been formed with anti-liberation war elements or killers. Leaders in this alliance are like carbuncles. There is no doubt about it," said the Prime Minister.
Sheikh Hasina, President of Awami League, said "Ziaur Rahman allowed the killers to do politics after 1975 killing of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of the family through the cancellation of article 12 and granting them the right to vote through the cancellation of article 38.
He (Zia) did this because he had no faith in the country's independence."
"Those who were involved in the carnage of Bangabandhu and his family members on August 15, 1975 and killing of four national leaders on November 3, 1975 by the anti liberation forces were rehabilitated by Ziaur Rahman. The BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has adopted the same path through giving ministerial post to Razakar and Al-Badar commanders," the primer added. Reaffirming her pledge Sheikh Hasina said the trials of war criminals are ongoing, will go on and the verdicts of the trials will be executed one after another.
"We had pressures from the international community when we started the trial of war criminals. But the people of the country do not know to bow down their heads, nothing can stop the trial of war criminals," she said.
Pointing finger to Khaleda Zia, the PM asked, "The BNP Chairperson is still favouring the war criminals. Are they in favour of Bangladesh or against the independence? What is her reply?"
She alleged that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been siding with war criminals. "It becomes clear when we look at the placards and banners at her rallies demanding release of convicted war criminals."
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu wanted to turn Bangladesh into 'Switzerland of the East.' But, Bangladesh turned into a country of killers after the assassination of Bangabandhu.
Pointing out to the BNP-led orchestrated rampage, destruction and killing of innocent people to foil the January 5, 2014 election, Sheikh Hasina said BNP leader must be held responsible for giving indulgence to those crimes against innocent people.
The Prime Minister "No threat would work. The country is going forward and will go forward, no one can stop the development. Before 2021 Bangladesh will be hunger and poverty free."
Sheikh Hasina urged Jubo League members to be ready for making any sacrifice in future like was in the past for the cause of the nation and build the organization as a strong unit free from all bad names. She said country's youths have a role in all national activities including the Liberation War. So the anti-liberation forces were very annoyed with them.
With Jubo League Chairman Omar Faruque Chowdhury in the chair, the rally was also attended by Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddiqui, Jubo League's former chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanak, General Secretary Harun-ur-Rashid, Jubo League's former chairman and Awami League Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and former leaders of the organisation were present.