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Monday, February 23, 2015, Falgun 11, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 3, 1436 Hijr

Khaleda  looking to 'Uttarpara', says PM
Published : Monday, 23 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 15

She says BNP-Jamaat planning to make grenade attacks Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday alleged that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been carrying on her so-called movement for democracy, hoping that someone from 'Uttarpara' would place her in power as she does not believe in democracy.
"The way the Pakistani occupation forces had unleashed oppression and killing on the Bangladeshi people in 1971, the same way Khaleda forces are now unleashing torture and oppression. The people of the country will have to give a befitting reply to this," she said.
The Prime Minister further said, "We've restored democracy in the country, but now she (Khaleda) claims that she is on a movement for democracy. But, she's looking towards the 'Uttarpara' as if someone from there would put her in power as you (Khaleda) don't believe in democracy."
Hasina was addressing a discussion meeting marking the International Mother Language Day at the Krishibid Institution Bhaban in the capital's Khamarbari area in the afternoon.
Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, presided over the meeting.
Taking a swipe at the civil society members, the Prime Minister said they have perhaps forgotten that if anyone grabs power illegally and unconstitutionally, then the consequences would be the capital punishment. "So, it won't be pointless to remain under this illusion."
She said even Ziaur Rahman, Ershad, Moeen U Ahmed and Fakhruddin might have perceived the consequences of such efforts. "I don't believe that anyone would dare to step in such fire ?I don't know who is helping her (Khaleda) indulge in 'daydream'."
Hasina said even Dr Kamal Hossain and Mahmudur Rahman Manna did not suggest Khaleda Zia to withdraw hartal and blockade programmes during the ongoing SSC examinations although they often talk about high principles.
Referring to the signature forgery of the BNP and the false telephone conversation between BNP chief Khaleda Zia and BJP chief Amit Shah, Hasina said now their cheating is clear to all though the BNP chief was trying to play ducks and drakes with the fate of the country's people.
She said it would not be possible to change the fate of the country's people with the interest-monger, corrupt and feet-sucking people as it is only the Awami League which could change the fate of the country's people. "Those who have burned the people of Bangladesh to death would surely get punishment one day," the Prime Minister said.
Continuing her scathing attack on the BNP chief, Hasina said she did not visit her son and husband's graveyard, but continued the blockade and hartal even during the Eid-e-Miladunnabi, Biswa Ijtema and SSC exams.
Hasina accused Khaleda Zia of acting on behalf of the ISI agency.
AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sen Gupta, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Begum Matia Chowdhury, AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, journalist and columnist Rahat Khan, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, MA Aziz, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Ahmad Hossain, Adv Qumrul Islam and Aminul Islam, among others, spoke at the discussion meeting.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister on Sunday alleged the BNP-Jamaat alliance is now planning to make grenade attacks on innocent people as their petrol bombs have failed to yield anything for them.
"I recently heard one Jamaat leader saying that hurling petrol bombs will not be enough, they'll have to charge grenades?they're now planning to charge grenades?I've asked the intelligence to find out those who have said this," she said.
The Prime Minister made the disclosure in her introductory speech at a meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat.
Having failed to woo any international support for them, Hasina said, the BNP-Jamaat alliance is now planning to kill more people with more destructive acts.
"They're not getting any support from home and abroad?they had thought there'll be something from abroad and they'll be placed in power. But those who kill people through hurling petrol bombs never get support from anywhere. Having realised this, they're now planning to kill more people. They're planning to use grenades and commit bigger subversive acts," she said.
In this connection, the Prime Minister asked the authorities concerned to ensure the quick and exemplary punishment of the anarchists. "The trial should be quicker and exemplary one, so that no one engages in such activities in the future."
Hasina said the culprits who have been caught red-handed while hurling petrol bombs should be brought to book and their trial should be disposed of quickly.
In this connection, Hasina said the order givers, financiers, suppliers and bomb chargers should be punished. "Their punishment should be in such manner that no one dares to do that again because this situation can't be tolerated ?we have to protect the country's people," she said.
With their destructive activities, the Prime Minister said, the BNP-Jamaat alliance wanted to tarnish Bangladesh's image and stop the development activities. "They (BNP-Jamaat) are now trying to make the country a mercy seeker," she said.
Law Minister Anisul Haq delivered the welcome address at the meeting, attended by senior officials of the ministry.

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