BNP’s claim having international support untrue: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina on Saturday, August 12 said there is no international support in favour of BNP as the party has already been branded as a forum of looters.

Sheikh Hasina said this in her introductory speech in the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) meeting at Ganabhaban in the evening of Saturday.

The Prime Minister urged the countrymen to stay alert against all conspiracies of BNP and Jamaat as they are out to frustrate democracy and destroy the country. She said, “Stay alert against the killers, terrorists, militants, grenade attackers, 10-truck firearms smugglers as they are making all out efforts to destroy the country. Despite the BNP is talking about the democracy, the party has no faith in democracy. BNP only knows how to destroy the country.”

AL Presidium Members Deputy Leader of the House Begum Matia Chowdhury,  Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Kazi Zafarullah, Engineer Mosharraf Hossain were present. Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader conducted the meeting.

Mentioning the BNP’s 1991-96 and 2001-06 as the era of darkness, Sheikh Hasina alerted the countrymen that the country will again go back to the era of darkness and backward if BNP comes to power.

Sheikh Hasina criticized the BNP for demonstrating to oust the Awami League government and hold election under caretaker government despite they were overthrown from the power by the people for assuming office through vote rigging. She asked BNP, “How does BNP talk about election as it had been ousted from the power because of vote rigging?”

The Prime Minister said BNP has resigned from the government on May 30, 1996 after coming to power through a farcical election on February 15, 1996.

Awami League has protected the country’s democracy and they don’t need to vote rigging to assume power.

She said, “Awami League works for welfare of the country and its people and urged the party leaders to win the hearts of the countrymen. It doesn’t require vote rigging for going to power.” The Prime Minister urged the countrymen to cast their votes in favour of Awami League to confirm the country’s developing nation status by 2026.

Brushing aside the BNP’s demand of restoration of neutral caretaker government system, Sheikh Hasina said, “Why Khaleda Zia had rejected the system in 1996 and commented that only insane and children are neutral”.

At the outset of the meeting, one minute silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the martyrs of August 15, 1975 carnage.


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