January 11, 2023
DHAKA – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today warned that all the extreme rightist and leftist groups are joining forces with the opposition BNP to try to oust her government.
“Now they [BNP] are saying they will forge movement from the 11th (January)…they got their companions from the extreme leftists and rightists. All extremists are gathering in one place to topple us from power,” she said.
The premier was addressing a discussion marking the historic Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu, organised by the Awami League at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
On this day in 1972, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to the newly liberated Bangladesh via London and New Delhi after spending nine and a half months in a Pakistani jail.
Hasina said her government is so strong that it would not be easy at all for BNP and its extremist allies to oust it from power.
“Let me tell you one thing. The AL works for the people and their welfare. Don’t think it will fall if one shakes it. Things are not that much easy,” she said.
On the other hand, she said, her party does know very well how to oust illegal power grabbers and voter riggers. “And we had proved that repeatedly.”
She said taking advantage of the digital transformation of the country, BNP has hired people who are spreading slander against Awami League on social media and trying to confuse the people.
“They spread panic over the December 10 (rally of BNP) beating drums and trumpets, but it finally went to Golapbagh,” she said, ridiculing the opposition party.
PM Hasina recalled that Khaleda Zia was compelled to cancel two elections – February 15, 1996, and January 6, 2006 – that took place under her government.
“People deposed them as they rigged people’s votes. They were ousted and rejected repeatedly by the people. How would they practice democracy? They and their party do not have any democracy in them,” she said.
She claimed that Awami League practices democracy within the party and also in the country.
“Transparent ballot boxes, voters’ lists with photos, ID cards and EVMs all have been introduced by us so that people could cast their votes freely,” she said.
Coming to power with people’s verdict, Hasina said, her party engaged all their strength for the development and welfare of the people.
“Advancement of AL will be continued. We will build Golden Bangladesh and Smart Bangladesh. This is our pledge to our Father (of the Nation),” she said.
She also mentioned that the supreme sacrifice of the Father of the Nation and millions of martyrs must not go in vain.
“It will not go in vain. People of Bangladesh will move across the world with their heads ever high,” she said.