Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has described Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia’s punishment as natural consequences of her past deeds particularly her role in burning innocent people to death in the name of political campaign in 2013-2015.
‘Khaleda Zia looted public property when she was in power. She burnt over 500 people to death and injured over 3000 when she was
in opposition in the name of demonstration,’ the premier said while addressing a public rally at Bangabandhu Udyan in Barisal city on Thursday.
Sheikh Hasina added, ‘The reign of brutality unleashed by Khaleda even shook the throne of the almighty. So, her conviction was very much natural.’
Sheikh Hasina said, ‘In 2015, Khleda Zia declared that she would not return home without toppling Awami League government and to make this happen, she opted for brutal violence sitting in her office.’
Sheikh Hasina said being a political party with its roots among people Awami League always took forward the country and wondered if the foundation laying of 39 projects in Barisal would ever have been possible unless Awami League was not in power.
Sheikh Hasina said her government shouldered the burden of the guardians in purchasing textbooks for their children in the new academic year.
‘Children are being given news textbooks on the very first day of their academic session. This year, more than 35.42 crore copies of books have been given to children. Allowances are being given to the 1.30 crore mothers of poor students in addition to scholarships to about 2.03 crore meritorious students from primary to post graduate level from Prime Minister’s Trust Fund to pursue their studies,’ the PM said.
The government wants to build an enlightened generation to build the future leaders of the nation, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said her government had reached the health service to the people’s doorsteps providing 30 types of medicines free of cost from the union level community health clinics.
She said the Awami League government made the mobile phone available for every people.
Sheikh Hasina said, ‘Around 10 lakh people are now living in abroad with job while 100 economic zones are being established in the country to spur industrial development and create employment opportunities for youths. Barisal was once a neglected region. The present government has embarked on massive development works here. There is now no river without bridge in Barisal,’ she said, adding that a bridge would be constructed to link Barisal with Bhola.
The prime minister said gas will be supplied in Barisal from Bhola through pipeline to develop industries and power plant would be constructed in Bhola.
Urging people to cast their votes for the candidates of Awami League in the next general election, the prime minister said that the continuation of the government is crucial for continued development.
‘Bangladesh is not a place for looters, extremists and terrorists and those who eat up orphans’ money,’ she said.
Bangladesh would celebrate the golden jubilee of its independence in 2021 and Bangabandhu’s birth centenary in 2020 as a prosperous nation, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said her government never gave indulgence to the wrongdoers, killers and extremists. She urged the guardians, teachers, religious leaders to protect their children from becoming extremists or terrorist.
‘We have created scope for children to pursue their studies to make them worthy citizens to develop the country,’ she said adding that Bangladesh would be a country of peace and prosperity.
‘Bangladesh is a role model of development in the world. In every socioeconomic area, the country is progressing fast. Bangladesh will stand on its own feet as a victorious nation very soon,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina said her government had resolved the acute power crisis after coming to power in 2009. ‘Now the country has attained the capacity of generating more than 16000 megawatt power, giving 90 per cent people access to electricity. By 2021, the capacity will be 24,000 megawatt bringing all homes under the electricity coverage,’ she added.
The prime minister said her government had materialised the commitment for trial of the war criminals and killers of Bangabandhu and 18 members of his family including minor children and pregnant women.
Instead of bringing the killers to book, Ziaur Rahman gave them impunity and rewarded them with foreign posting, she added.
Pointing out the steps taken for welfare of the farmers, the prime minister said, ‘Around two crore farmers are getting various facilities from the government. Government support, research and constant efforts of the government made the country self-reliant in food production.’
The prime minster announced construction of medical colleges in Barisal and other divisional headquarters.
Bangladesh Awami League Barisal district unit organised the rally after she opened a new cantonment in Patuakhali and 39 development projects in Barisal.
President of Barisal district unit of Awami League Abul Hasnat Abdullah presided the meeting, addressed by party’s general secretary Obaidul Kader, advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, presidium member Matiya Chowdhury, social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon and central Awami League leader Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Dipu Moni.
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