Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said BNP might have a more bad intention to claim lives to foil the three city corporation polls but they did not succeed as the law-enforcement agencies carried out an excellent job to this end side by side with general people.
"BNP wanted to withdraw from the election race by killing people. But they didn't get that scope as the law- enforcement agencies were active and vigilant and the people were cautious about security of the common man," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while exchanging greetings with Buddhist religious leaders and distinguished persons of the community on the occasion of Buddha Purnima at her official Ganobhaban residence here this afternoon.
Bouddha Religious Welfare Trust arranged the function.
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman, State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, President of CHT Bouddha Bhikkhu Sangha Srimat Proggyananda Mahathero, Chairman of Bangladesh Bouddha Krishti Prachar Sangha Srimat Shuddhananda Mahathero spoke on the occasion.
Vice-Chairman of Bouddha Religious Welfare Trust Sajal Kumar Talukdar gave the welcome address.
Sheikh Hasina said that BNP did the same thing in the city corporation polls as they did in their anti-government movement.
The Prime Minister said BNP did everything by announcing to participate in the elections, but they were not in the field. "They were not in the field, there was no representative ... there was no agent (of theirs). All of a sudden they boycotted the election just three hours after the voting started on the election day," she said.
She said jealousy, hatred and vengeance never bring any welfare for the people. "But it is unfortunate that BNP-Jamaat committed such offences for three months since January 5," she said.
Issuing a strong warning against such crimes, Sheikh Hasina said her government is taking stern action against those who are involved in burning people to death and torching and vandalizing public and private property. "Proper action must be taken against those who were involved in arson and subversive acts," she said.
Referring to atrocities and chaos by BNP-Jamaat nexus for long three months from January 5, the Prime Minister said they killed innocent bus drivers and helpers, students, service holders and common citizens of the country hurling petrol bombs and cocktails.
"Even the children and pregnant women were not spared from their indiscriminate arson attacks, and unleashing of such atrocities is possible by perverts," she said, adding it is unbelievable that a human being could commit such a heinous and brutal crime.
Sheikh Hasina said the moment Bangladesh was being recognized as a role model of development before the world, BNP-Jamaat nexus launched politics of destruction and burning people to death.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh achieved its hard-earned independence as the people of all faiths -- Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists -- fought under the leadership of Bangabandhu.
"The aim of the independence was that the people of all faiths would lead a beautiful life and perform their religions peacefully," she said.
She regretted that Bangladesh's image was tainted during BNP-Jamaat alliance government from 2001-2006 when minority people were killed, attacked, tortured as well as their property and religious establishments were destroyed in many parts of the country under the patronage of the state.
The Prime Minister said the BNP-Jamaat goons carried out vandalism and set fire to many religious establishments of the Buddhist Community at Ramu in Cox's Bazar on September 29 in 2012.
She said all including BGB, police as well as local Awami League leaders and workers came forward to ensure security of the Buddhist people during that time.
Sheikh Hasina said the Buddhist establishments damaged in 2012 were reconstructed restoring their structural beauty, even more attractively, by the members of the Army. Those have now become attractive tourist spots, she said.
Extending her heartiest greetings to the Buddhist community on the eve of Shubha Buddha Purnima, the Prime Minister said her government has ensured equal rights of all religions through amending the constitution.
In this regard, mentioning "religion is for individual and festival is for all", Sheikh Hasina said all irrespective of caste and creed and religions now celebrate various festivals together in peace and harmony in the country.
The Prime Minister called upon all to work together to ensure advancement of the country by following the non-violent message of Lord Buddha.
She said Gautam Buddha used to foster equality, friendship, sacrifice, mercy and non-violence throughout his life. "He preached the message of peace," she added.